20 December 2016
THIS is Lieutenant Annabel Broad, commanding the fast patrol craft HMS Exploit making her way out to sea from Portsmouth naval base. At 23 she’s the youngest C.O. in the RN and plainly well up to her important assignment – and to the key task of leadership. Seamen under her command are plainly at ease working for her, and her ship was a pleasure to film on. (For the record, you respond “Aye aye ma’am” to orders from a female officer. And get cracking, of course!!) MFUK had a sparkling day on board as Annabel and her team conducted evolutions. And Annabel’s plans? “I’d like to be First Sea Lord” she told us (head of the navy in other words) – if, that is, she continues getting out of her career what she puts in. Well, you go for it!
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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