HMS Liverpool opened fire in a dramatic shootout with Libya.
Their 4.5-inch shell obliterated one of Colonel Gaddafi's arms caches on the coast after coming under fire from government forces.
And it was also the first time a naval missile was launched by a woman as Leading Seaman Hayley Richards pulled the trigger.
"I'd rather not have reason to shoot, but it is an honour," said 29-year-old Hayley on board gunship HMS Liverpool.
The paper also claims it is an "insult" that none of the ship's 270 crew are eligible for a campaign medal - because ministers back home say their three-month mission in enemy waters has not been dangerous enough.
- Full NOTW story, by Paul McNamara, Defence Editor - Navy lets rip at Gaddafi - HMS Liverpool targets tyrant in Libya shootout