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Navy commander faces affair claims

The first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship is understood to have left her vessel after allegations of an affair with one of her officers.

Cdr Sarah West, 42, was coming to the end of a seven-month deployment on board the Type 23 frigate HMS Portland.

The Ministry of Defence would not confirm the claims but said she was currently on annual leave.

Philippa Thomas reports.

  • 26 Jul 2014
  • From the section UK