A Royal Navy petty officer is to face a trial accused of raping a female sailor while on board a warship - thought to be the first case of its kind.
HMS Nelson is the Navy's main base in Portsmouth
Chief Petty Officer Phillip Coates did not attend a preliminary hearing at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, Hants, on Monday.
The medical assistant is charged with rape aboard a Royal Navy ship while in the Mediterranean in March last year.
It is thought to be the first alleged rape of a female sailor since women went to sea.
The case has been adjourned for the trial in March.