US Navy Designing New Submarines With Women in Mind

In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska prepares to conduct a personnel transfer as it returns to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash.

By Published on April 20, 2017

The U.S. Navy is redesigning the interior of its newest submarines to accommodate the needs of female crew members.

General Dynamics Electric Boat, the primary contractor for Navy submarines, told the Associated Press they will add more doors and bathrooms to accommodate separate sleeping quarters for both genders. The contractor also said the current design of overhead valves were designed with male strength in mind, so they will be changed to make them easier to turn.

“We have a clean sheet of paper, so from the ground up, we’ll optimize for both men and women,” General Dynamics executive Brian Wilson told the AP. Some of the changes also include adding steps for bunk beds and laundry machines for shorter female crew members. The newest submarine with these features won’t be delivered until 2021.

The Navy first opened submarines to female officers in 2012 and added female crew members in 2014. The submarine program has had some trouble retaining female enlisted submarine crew members. Only three of the original 24 female crew members who signed up for submarine service stayed in the program.

“I would probably expect that most of the women are going to get out,” a female naval officer told Navy Times in 2015. “I don’t know exactly what everyone’s personal reasons are for it, but I think a lot of it has to do with co-location.”


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  • Kevin Carr

    The degradation continues, there already has been an article about the pregnancy rate and the effect on readiness, how does this increase or multiply war-fighting ability, they lose space, the Navy ran tests years ago and in damage control exercises the women couldn’t perform as well, so they lowered standards, that is dangerous for the crew, not the simpleton politicians who risk nothing.

  • #EpluribusAwesome

    A disaster waiting to happen. God grant us common sense!

  • Kevin Carr

    Why? I thought in leftist universe there are no set genders because gender is a social construct, so why separate facilities, just use the ones already there.

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