Commander of HMS Portland sacked after investigation into affair

Commander of HMS Portland sacked after investigation into affair

Commander of HMS Portland sacked after investigation into affair

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THE Commander of Portland’s namesake naval warship has been sacked after an investigation into claims of an affair with a crew member.

Commander Sarah West was the Commanding Officer of HMS Portland but was sent home last month after she reportedly had an affair with a crew member on board the ship.

Now, following the investigation, Cdr West was removed from the position on the state-of-the-art Type 23 Frigate, though she will remain within the Navy.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “We can confirm that Commander Sarah West, Commanding Officer of HMS PORTLAND, has been removed from Command.

“This is an internal matter between the individual and her senior officers and we will not give further details of the removal.

“Commander West will continue to serve in the Royal Navy and she will be reappointed to a post where her skills and experience can be used to best effect.”

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12:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Stranger says...

I think you will find that Commander West has not been sacked, as your story reports......
I think you will find that Commander West has not been sacked, as your story reports...... Stranger
  • Score: 5

2:49pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Bob Goulding says...

It's interesting that nothing has been reported concerning the other half of this so-called affair. Has this individual escaped disciplinary action and, if so, why? It takes two to tango you know.
It's interesting that nothing has been reported concerning the other half of this so-called affair. Has this individual escaped disciplinary action and, if so, why? It takes two to tango you know. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

burgerboy says...

Was it a bit of "hey ho and up she rises early in the morning".......
Was it a bit of "hey ho and up she rises early in the morning"....... burgerboy
  • Score: 7

5:31pm Fri 8 Aug 14

JamesYoung says...

It's no surprise that when you put men and women on a ship together and isolate them for months at a time, stuff like this happens.
However, Cmdr West was probably not selected because she was celibate, but because she was the best choice to take that ship into battle should that be necessary.
I'm not sure what the right solution to the problem is, but removing a presumably very well qualified ship's captain doesn't seem to be it.
It's no surprise that when you put men and women on a ship together and isolate them for months at a time, stuff like this happens. However, Cmdr West was probably not selected because she was celibate, but because she was the best choice to take that ship into battle should that be necessary. I'm not sure what the right solution to the problem is, but removing a presumably very well qualified ship's captain doesn't seem to be it. JamesYoung
  • Score: 5

5:53pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Does bromide in tea work for women?
Does bromide in tea work for women? Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 3

8:52pm Fri 8 Aug 14

breamoreboy says...

As the Commander is to be "reappointed to a post where her skills and experience can be used to best effect.” I'll be volunteering for the Navy right now, I might get lucky :-)
As the Commander is to be "reappointed to a post where her skills and experience can be used to best effect.” I'll be volunteering for the Navy right now, I might get lucky :-) breamoreboy
  • Score: 4

10:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

There appears to be an inexplicable assumption that Cdr West's tango-partner was of the MALE persuasion. What was the name of that old song ?? Ah, yes: 'It Ain't Necessarily So..'
There appears to be an inexplicable assumption that Cdr West's tango-partner was of the MALE persuasion. What was the name of that old song ?? Ah, yes: 'It Ain't Necessarily So..' Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 2

11:05am Sat 9 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

burgerboy wrote:
Was it a bit of "hey ho and up she rises early in the morning".......
Probably more like him....
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: Was it a bit of "hey ho and up she rises early in the morning".......[/p][/quote]Probably more like him.... FerryFan
  • Score: 4

11:14am Sat 9 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

JamesYoung wrote:
It's no surprise that when you put men and women on a ship together and isolate them for months at a time, stuff like this happens.
However, Cmdr West was probably not selected because she was celibate, but because she was the best choice to take that ship into battle should that be necessary.
I'm not sure what the right solution to the problem is, but removing a presumably very well qualified ship's captain doesn't seem to be it.
Affairs happen, they always have done and always will. Any working environment, not just ships. In the case of this couple - and I will say couple as the story is about an affair TWO people had, the man was newly married, yet she seems to be copping the flack for it all. OK, she was in command of a naval warship, and she should have exercised more self control, but he is just as bad, being newly married. I could have understood it if he was long time married and not having any form of marital relations with his wife, and she was paying him attention he wasn't getting at home. Not exactly an excuse either, but more understandable if you get my drift.

Anyway, what if she gets bored and has had her fun, what happens then? What if he gets bored with her and she doesn't want to end it, will she be vindictive and use her position to get rid of him? Purely hypothetical, but a lot of what ifs here.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: It's no surprise that when you put men and women on a ship together and isolate them for months at a time, stuff like this happens. However, Cmdr West was probably not selected because she was celibate, but because she was the best choice to take that ship into battle should that be necessary. I'm not sure what the right solution to the problem is, but removing a presumably very well qualified ship's captain doesn't seem to be it.[/p][/quote]Affairs happen, they always have done and always will. Any working environment, not just ships. In the case of this couple - and I will say couple as the story is about an affair TWO people had, the man was newly married, yet she seems to be copping the flack for it all. OK, she was in command of a naval warship, and she should have exercised more self control, but he is just as bad, being newly married. I could have understood it if he was long time married and not having any form of marital relations with his wife, and she was paying him attention he wasn't getting at home. Not exactly an excuse either, but more understandable if you get my drift. Anyway, what if she gets bored and has had her fun, what happens then? What if he gets bored with her and she doesn't want to end it, will she be vindictive and use her position to get rid of him? Purely hypothetical, but a lot of what ifs here. FerryFan
  • Score: 3

4:46pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

Maybe the other party was let off, on the grounds that he only entered the skipper's cabin to fulfil a long-held ambition....
Maybe the other party was let off, on the grounds that he only entered the skipper's cabin to fulfil a long-held ambition.... Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 0

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