First Lieutenant Zoe takes up post at naval college
A Royal Navy officer from Cornwall has become the first female appointed to the post of First Lieutenant at the historic Britannia Royal Naval College.
Lieutenant Commander Zoe Briant-Evans, from Penzance, will now be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Dartmouth-based college, which provides initial naval training to members of the Officer Corps. She was originally posted to 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 uniquely challenging position at the naval college."
The former pupil of Humphry Davy School 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 where she studied geography.
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Lt Cdr 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 and its training ship, HMS Smiter.
Summing up her career to date, the 36 year old said: "I have been privileged to work with fantastic people, witness global events and travel the world."