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.