A ROYAL Navy officer from Penzance has become the first female appointed to the post of First Lieutenant at the historic Britannia Royal Naval College.
Lieutenant-Commander Zoe Briant-Evans, who went to Humphry Davy School, will now be responsible for the running of the Dartmouth-based college, which provides initial naval training to members of the Officer Corps. She posted to the college in 2011 as a squadron officer with direct responsibility for training cadets before she was promoted.
Speaking of her role, she said: "It is a real honour to be the First Lieutenant at BRNC. Although we now have women in many roles within the Royal Navy, including in command of warships, I am very proud to be the first female officer to serve in this position at the college."
Lieutenant-Commander Briant-Evans, nee Watts, chose a career in the Navy after being a member of the Cambridge University Royal Naval Unit, joining during her final year at Anglia Polytechnic University.
Lieutenant-Commander Briant-Evans' career has already seen her chosen as the Flag Lieutenant to the Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces deployed for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Commanding Officer of the Glasgow and Strathclyde University Royal Naval Unit.