US Navy / Chris Oxley
Sputnik: Silent Sisters: US Navy Modifies Subs for Female Submariners
For the first time ever, the United States Navy has commissioned submarines designed specifically to accommodate female crew members taking part in the “Silent Service.”
In 2010, the US Navy lifted their ban on women aboard submarines, and an estimated 130 female officers and enlistees now serve beneath the waves. But officers, among them Lt. Marquette Leveque, have complained of the challenges of being a woman on a submarine.
"Privacy is important anywhere you are," she told Stripes. "We live on this boat, as well as work there."
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Update: Women in the military: US Navy redesigning its submarines (Navy Times/AP)
WNU Editor: This is not your grandpa's Navy anymore.