Sue makes history as commander of squadron

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THE first woman to assume command of a squadron of minor war vessels has taken up her post in Portsmouth.

Commander Sue Moore, 43, now leads the First Patrol Boat Squadron.

This includes 14 P2000 Archer Class training vessels with 14 University Royal Naval units attached, and a further four P2000s that are involved with maritime security.

Two P2000s will take part in the flotilla for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

Commander Moore said: ‘The First Patrol Boat Squadron is an extremely busy component of the fleet, and as an ex-P2000 commanding officer myself, I consider it to be a privilege to be commanding such a motivated and talented group of people, and such a diverse organisation.

‘My ships, sailors and university units are responsible for influencing high calibre undergraduates in military and maritime issues, but also for providing a platform for young commanding officers to develop into the future leaders of the Royal Navy.

‘It is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for my squadron to provide close support to Her Majesty the Queen during the forthcoming River Pageant.’

Elsewhere, Commander Sarah West, 40, has today become the first woman to command a major warship.

She has joined Type 23 frigate HMS Portland, which is being refitted in Rosyth, and after the work is carried out will be based in Devonport.

Women first went to sea in the Royal Navy in 1990, and last year it was announced that they will serve in submarines from next year.