Exciting news this week from the Royal Navy: there is now “No sea too deep for female submariners.” Three women have just made British maritime history as the first females to join the Royal Navy Submarine Service.
Although women have served in the Navy since 1993, they were banned from the Submarine Service; this was due to the long-held view that women were more at risk if there was a build-up of carbon dioxide in submarines. After a medical study by the Navy’s own Institute of Naval Medicine, the ban was lifted in December 2011 for all women except those known to be pregnant.
We salute you, Lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alexandra Olsson and Penny Thackray: the ‘Subfragettes’, as they have been called on Twitter.
After 110 years of the Silent Service, pioneering Lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alex Olsson and Penny Thackray have become the first women to serve onboard a Vanguard class submarine. Following months of specialised training, all three women have earned their Dolphins, the coveted clasp which is a hard won and much prized symbol of a submariner.