NORFOLK -- History was made Friday as Cmdr. Monika Washington Stoker took command of the Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher.

She's thefirst African-American woman serving as Commanding Officer of an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, the Navy said.

'It says that you do whatever you want to do, whether it's in the military or not and don't let anyone tell you that you can't,' Stoker said.

She relieved Cmdr. Brian Sorenson, who served as commanding officer for two years.

Stoker, a native of Greensboro, N.C., served as USS Mitscher's Executive Officer since June 2010.

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