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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