When Darlene Iskra enlisted in the Navy in 1979, her ambitions were modest. She was 27, recently divorced, her life in need of a jump-start. She fortunately enlisted when a change in Navy policies resulted in greater opportunities for women. Iskra became one of the first women to graduate from dive school. Her talent for supervision and her tenacity won her a loyal following in the higher ranks of the Navy, and in December 1990, she became the first woman to take command of a U.S. Navy ship, aptly named the Opportune. Though her ship was on stand-by duty during the Persian Gulf War, Iskra's name was already secure in naval history.