This undated image made available by the Ministry of Defence in London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011, shows Lieutenant Commander Sarah West who is to be the first woman to command a warship for the first time ... more 
This undated image made available by the Ministry of Defence in London, Monday Aug. 8, 2011, shows Lieutenant Commander Sarah West who is to be the first woman to command a warship for the first time in the history of the Royal Navy. West, 39, will take control of HMS Portland making her the first female commander of a frontline warship in the 500-year history of the service. She will take charge of the Type 23 frigate, which holds a crew of 185, has a top speed of 30.8 knots, weighs 4,900 tonnes and is 133m (436ft) long, and armed with Harpoon and Sea Wolf missile systems, 4.5in guns and anti-submarine torpedoes, in April next year. (AP Photo/Ben Sutton, Ministry of Defence, ho) EDITORIAL USE ONLY: less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Ben Sutton, Ministry of Defence, ho
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 10:05 AM EDT