The status of the U.S. submarine fleet since bringing women aboard got its first public review Thursday during a roundtable held at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., just months after women began serving on U.S. submarines. The Stars and Stripes:
Vice Adm. John Richardson, commander of submarine forces, said the integration process has been “very successful.” Twenty-four women have already reported to guided missile and fleet ballistic missile submarines and about 20 more will report each year. Fast-attack submarines, which are smaller and would require more modifications to allow women aboard, are still men-only.
One of the first women aboard was Lt. Rebecca Dremann, an openly gay naval officer and a smoker – two other adjustments made in the past year. In 2011, smoking aboard submarines was banned and the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was dropped allowing gays to serve opening.
“I’m a total culture shock to the submarine force and they handled me just fine,” Dremann said Thursday after a roundtable hosted by the Navy to discuss the integration of women into the submarine force.
You can read more coverage of the roundtable discussion on the integration of women in Stars and Stripes.
The 24 women submariners visited the White House on Wednesday meeting with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and top brass.