COURTNEY APPLAUDS NAVY ANNOUNCEMENT ON WOMEN ON SUBMARINES
Congressman Courtney today applauded Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’s announcement that the Navy will place women on two Groton-based Virginia Class Attacks Submarines, the USS Virginia and the USS Minnesota.
“Today’s announcement reflects the outstanding performance of our female submariners in submarine training programs and in service on our SSBNs and SSGNs. Further integrating women into our submarine force is a welcome step forward and will ensure that the Navy can continue to maximize the skill and talent of all those seeking to serve our country.”
According to today’s announcement, six females officers – two supply corps and four nuclear-trained – will report aboard their submarines no later than January 2015, after completing nuclear submarine training requirements.