UK's Royal Navy has first woman at command of ship

LONDON

Britain's Ministry of Defense says Commander Sarah West will take control of the frigate HMS Portland Tuesday.

The 40-year-old has served in the Royal Navy for 16 years.

The ship is being refitted and will be based in Devonport.

Officials say women first went to sea with the Royal Navy in 1990 and have served as pilots and mine clearance divers in addition to other posts.

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