Lieutenant Commander Kele-Ann Bourne, of the T&T Coast Guard, created history by becoming the first female Naval officer from the southern Caribbean to captain a vessel on a cross-Atlantic sailing.
Ms Bourne is captain of the TTS Carli Bay (CG 28) one of two vessels acquired by the Coast Guard from Damen Shipbuilders. The other vessel is the TTS Moruga (CG 27) under Lieutenant Commander Aldon Jasper.
Both vessels left the shipyard in the Netherlands on Friday and should arrive in Trinidad before Christmas. Breaking ground is not new for this dynamic woman.
Bourne, who hails from Arima, was one of the first female ship captains and one of the first female officers to successfully complete training at the prestigious Britannia Royal Naval College in the United Kingdom. She left the Royal College with the Queen’s Award of the “Admiral Binoculars”, which is the highest award given to an international student.
In 2014, Kele -Ann, became the first female commissioned officer on horseback to officiate at the Independence Parade in T&T’s history. Source: OJO World
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