sub new hampshire returns 7 22 09 Women To Serve On Subs Training At Groton

A Virginia-class sub returns to the Groton Submarine base in 2009, in this file photo. (File: U.S. Navy)

GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ The U.S. Navy base in Groton is welcoming the first class of female officers selected for assignment to submarines.

Eight women were reporting Monday for an initial training course at Naval Submarine Base New London that will also include 74 male officers.

Naval Submarine School spokesman William Kenny says no changes have been required in terms of physical accommodations, lodging or classrooms.

The Navy announced last spring that it was lifting the ban on women serving aboard subs. They had been barred on the theory that the close quarters and long deployments were unsuitable for a coed crew.

The women arriving in Groton are among 18 selected last year for training and assignment to crews of guided-missile and ballistic-missile submarines.


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