Navy Task Force To Set Goals For Women On Subs

GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ The commander of a Groton-based submarine group is leading a task force dedicated to the integration of enlisted women on Navy submarines.

Female officers already have begun serving aboard ballistic missile and guided-missile subs. In 2015, female officers will begin reporting for assignment on the smaller attack submarines, where berthing is more of a privacy problem.

The panel led by Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Perry, commander of Submarine Group Two, is developing integration goals for all submarines. A detailed plan is due to the chief of Naval Operations by March 2015.

The Navy reversed a ban on women in submarines in April 2010.

The commander of the Navy’s submarine force, Vice Adm. Michael Connor, set up the task force to develop studies on the feasibility of enlisted women serving aboard submarines, potential courses of action and candidate timelines, according to a Navy news release.

Electric Boat in Groton is working on a design for a new submarine to replace the aging Ohio-class ballistic missile subs. The Navy said it is working with contractors on a design that would accommodate female officers as well as mixed-gender crews.

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