The first female Navy Commander is believed to have left her vessel after allegations of having an affair with another officer.
42 year old Commander Sarah West took charge of HMS Portland in Plymouth in May 2012. The Ministry of Defence wouldn't confirm the claims - which if true would be in breach of Armed Forces Conduct - but was aware of a complaint. Commander West is currently on annual leave.
Plymouth based HMS Portland is working to stop the flow of illegal drugs entering Africa and Europe. The frigate and its crew have been working with coastguards in Cape Verde. HMS Portland left Devonport in January for the seven month patrol.