Women on Submarines

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ST. MARYS, Ga. (AP) -- While the Navy is considering allowing
women to serve aboard submarines, the wives of submariners are
warning against having male and female crew members serve in such
small spaces.

Jennifer Simmons' husband serves on a submarine at Kings Bay, Georgia.

She says the proposal is asking for sexual harassment

Others say the plan could cause wrecked marriages.

The Navy says it could decide on the issue soon, bringing women aboard subs as early as 2011.

Supporters say the Navy brought female sailors onto surface combat ships sixteen years ago and what worked on ships also will work on submarines.

They say allowing women on submarines is a matter of fairness and equal opportunity.

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  • by shannon (ex submariner) Location: houston on Mar 10, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    Given my back ground as a nuke submariner, trust me the men on board subs are profesional enough to do their jobs right along women...this is not the issue. The issue is that a woman on a submarine is going to be given no privacy just like a man on a submarine has no privacy. Think of it as a 300 foot locker room with a little curtain providing your bed (which you almost always have to share)with the only privacy you will be given. This is not a shovenistic issue or a concern of inapropriate behavior. It is fully space and privacy, neither exist on a fast attack submarine. I don't think women would want to cope with these issues.
  • by rla on Oct 14, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    "wrecked marriages"? then maybe you shouldn't be married to that man if you think he's going to cheat.
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