Fri., October 22, 2010 11:14am (EDT)

Navy Selects First Female Submarine Officers
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

BRUNSWICK, Ga  —  
The U.S. Navy has lifted a ban on female submarine officers. (Image courtesy wallpaper gate)
The U.S. Navy has lifted a ban on female submarine officers. (Image courtesy wallpaper gate)
The Navy has chosen the first submarines that will carry women among the crew.

The first crop of female submarine officers will serve aboard four subs, two each on the East Coast and West Coast. They are the USS Wyoming and USS Georgia, based in Kings Bay, Ga., and the USS Maine and USS Ohio, with their home port in Bangor, Wash.

The Navy announced earlier this year that it was lifting the ban on women serving aboard subs, the last warships with all-male crews.

Twenty-four women were chosen for training this summer and are expected to join their ships by the end of next year. They will serve in teams of three or four, all sharing a stateroom.

The lone bathroom for officers will bear a reversible sign -- letting men know it's in use by women and vice versa.