New officer takes command of HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland commanding officer Commander Patricia Kohn.
HMS Northumberland commanding officer Commander Patricia Kohn.

There’s a new commander at the helm of Northumberland’s namesake warship.

Commander Patricia Kohn has taken charge of HMS Northumberland after 18 years in the Royal Navy.

She first served as Navigating Officer of the mine hunter HMS Bridport, before joining HMS Cardiff, which included deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf before the Iraq War in 2003.

She then took command of the patrol boat HMS Tracker and Oxford University Royal Naval Unit, later serving as Operations Officer on HMS Monmouth. After working at Britannia Royal Naval College, she joined Commander UK Maritime Forces, specialising in maritime security.

Commander Kohn returned to HMS Monmouth as second-in-command in 2012, and recently served as a Damage Control Officer at Flag Officer Sea Training.

HMS Northumberland is the first Type 23 frigate to adopt a new manning system, enabling improved engineering training onboard.

Commander Kohn said: “I am delighted to be taking command of HMS Northumberland. I am incredibly proud of how the ship’s company have committed themselves to the training and integration of the Engineering Training Squadron.”