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Lt Rebecca Anderson (right) aboard HMS Biter with chief petty officer Graeme Hinton at the helm and able seaman Ryan Dargue during manoeuvres on the north Antrim coast

Lt Rebecca Anderson (right) aboard HMS Biter with chief petty officer Graeme Hinton at the helm and able seaman Ryan Dargue during manoeuvres on the north Antrim coast

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Lt Rebecca Anderson (right) aboard HMS Biter with chief petty officer Graeme Hinton at the helm and able seaman Ryan Dargue during manoeuvres on the north Antrim coast

The woman in charge of a Royal Navy warship training commanders of the future has said sailing off the north Antrim coast throws up completely wnew challenges.

HMS Biter commanding officer Rebecca Anderson (27) from Manchester has been showing students the ropes for five years. She described commanding a warship so early in her career as unusual and fantastic.

"In terms of being a woman in command, a lot of progress has been made in the Navy, particularly in terms of diversifying through the ranks. I am not the first by any stretch and I certainly won't be the last," she said.

"My gender has never played a role in how I am received by my team."

Lt Anderson said the scenery was phenomenal, adding: "It's a completely different operating area for us, it throws up different navigational challenges for my team, operating in areas they are not familiar with."

Belfast Telegraph