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British Navy employs first female submariners

Published time: May 05, 2014 17:07
Edited time: June 27, 2014 08:12
HMS Vengeance, a British Royal Navy Vanguard class Trident Ballistic Missile Submarine (Reuters / David Moir)

HMS Vengeance, a British Royal Navy Vanguard class Trident Ballistic Missile Submarine (Reuters / David Moir)

Three women have become the first females in the British Royal Navy to assume the role of submariners in the Submarine Service's 110-year history. A ban on female submariners, which was originally instituted due to health concerns, was lifted in 2011.

UK Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond commended the “huge personal achievement” and labeled the occasion a “historic” one for both the Royal Navy and the British armed forces.

The initial ban was in place because it was believed that the elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the vessels posed a risk to women in particular. A subsequent independent analysis revealed that health risks were only significant in the case of pregnant women.

The following year, in 2012, a similar ban was abolished in the United States.

“Women are absolutely capable of doing this job,” 26-year-old Lieutenant Alexandra Olsson, from the Wirral Peninsula near the Welsh border, told the BBC. “I felt like a little sister to 165 brothers,” she said. “At the end of the day manpower is a big thing for the Navy – as long as you can do the job, it doesn't matter.”

The three women – Lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alexandra Olsson, and Penny Thackray – obtained their ‘Dolphins’ (emblems worn by qualified submariners) after several months of study.

Lt. Stiles, 29, from Greater Manchester in the north of England, told the BBC: “As long as you can do your job and you're good at what you do, I don't think they [the crew] cared whether you were male or female.”

The Royal Navy began using submarines at the beginning of the 20th century. The institution was initially adverse to their utilization, with Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson, then Controller of the Navy, labeling them as “underhand, unfair and damned un-English.”

Comments (18)


Rodney 06.05.2014 15:21

Whats happened cannot get recruit men to play your war games for the Zionist Banksters any longer???
Probab ly why we see more and more evil women taking prominent positions of pushing the governments propaganda, you notice they are always dolled up like tarts too.


buckwheat 06.05.2014 12:22

UK should be more concerned with growing food to feed itself rather than war machines, it is just a little bankrupt place living off debt since it lost it's empire. And now the colonists come to live off it's welfare scheme that is has turned it's countries balance sheets into toilet paper. Desperately trying to hold on to some form of standard of living for their welfare state, they and bankrupt USA support trying to take over the east to invoke a new world currency of IMF SDR's so that their zionist bankers will have a clean balance sheet to borrow against. The eastern NWO doesn't want you. Get lost.


Mike 06.05.2014 10:48

This is the way the Frankfurt School planned society, with men seeking their inner gay and women in the war machine.

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