British Navy employs first female submariners


Three women have become the first females in the British Royal Navy to assume the role of submariners in the Submarine Service’s 110-year history. A ban on female submariners, which was originally instituted due to health concerns, was lifted in 2011.UK Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond commended the “huge personal achievement” and labeled the occasion a “historic” one for both the Royal Navy and the British armed forces. The initial ban was in place because it was believed that the elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the vessels posed a risk to women in particular. A subsequent independent analysis revealed that health risks were only significant in the case of pregnant women. The following year, in 2012, a similar ban was abolished in the United States.

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