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I AM deeply concerned by the way Commander Sarah West has been publically ­humiliated by naval disciplinary procedures (your report, 9 August). As the first woman to captain a front-line warship in the navy’s 500-year history, she was hauled off her ship in a manner that must have pleased many ­reactionary old sea dogs.

The military’s antiquated codes of social conduct are enforced with variable severity and this matter should have been handled with greater sensitivity and a lot less masculine glee.

Rev Dr John 
Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews, Fife