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US navy lifts ban on women submariners

The BBC reports (29 Apr 2010) that women can now serve on US submarines, after a ban was lifted.

The US defence department had announced the move in February and the deadline for any objection from Congress passed at midnight on Wednesday.

Training women for their new duties and the creation of appropriate quarters mean it could be more than a year before women take up their posts.

The cramped conditions had previously precluded women, despite serving alongside men on surface ships.

About 15% of US navy personnel are women. Women have served on USN surface ships since the mid-1990s.

 

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