US Navy to lift ban on women serving aboard submarines

Women could be allowed to serve on Royal Navy submarines for the first time as defence chiefs 'seriously consider' scrapping a long-standing ban.

The news comes as the U.S. was reported to be ready to axe its own policy of barring females from the vessels within weeks.

If the Ministry of Defence follows suit it would open a new area of the senior service to the Navy's 3,700 women sailors.

(More from Daily Mail article) If the Ministry of Defence follows suit it would open a new area of the senior service to the [Royal] Navy's 3,700 women sailors.

A review of the ban was ordered last year following pressure from senior Labour figures eager to introduce full equal opportunities in the Armed Forces.

Women have served on Navy surface ships for about 20 years.

The submarine ban was justified on the basis of cramped living conditions and concerns over the dangers of fumes to a foetus if a woman were pregnant.

If the Navy allows the move, only mine-clearance diving units and the Royal Marines would remain closed to women.

 

 

 

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