Congratulate First Women to Serve on Navy Submarines

Target: Lt. Britta Christianson and the other 23 women who took part in submarine officer training

Goal: Congratulate the first women to serve on a Navy submarine and thank them for pioneering the way toward gender equality

The Navy first began to allow women to serve on ships in 1994. However, until recently they were not allowed to serve on submarines. It was believed that allowing women to serve on submarines, where the tour of duty is 90 days in a confined space, would be too distracting for the other soldiers aboard the ship. The ban was lifted in 2010, but the first woman was not certified to work on a sub until June 2012. Congratulate Lt. Britta Christianson on being the first woman to serve on a Navy submarine and for earning her dolphin pin.

The lieutenant spent more than a year training aboard the USS Ohio where she was required to become proficient in basic submarines operations, engineering fundamentals, damage control functions, and qualify as a diving officer. Part of the training involved spending six months deployed on a submarine, where she made the historic step of being one of the first women to do so. While other women have been awarded their dolphin pin, which displays the Navy’s submarine warfare insignia, Lt. Christianson was the first to earn it while serving on a submarine.

Lt. Christianson is one of the first 24 women who were selected to begin submarine officer training since the Navy reversed the ban in 2010. The women were divided among four of the largest submarines in the Navy. These women were chosen to jump start the pilot program that eventually hopes to integrate women on Navy submarines. Congratulate Lt. Christianson and the other women for completing submarine officer training, and for pioneering the way to gender equality.

Dear Lt. Britta Christianson,

Women first were allowed to serve on Navy ships in 1994. However, this allowance did not extend to submarines. It was believed that women would be too distracting aboard a submarine, where the tour of duty is 90 days in cramped quarters. In 2010, the ban was lifted, but it was not until recently that we’ve begun to hear about the women selected to go through submarine officer training.

Congratulations on becoming one of the first women to serve aboard a submarine, and for earning your dolphin pin. Accomplishments like yours pave the way for other women in the armed forces, and demonstrate that women are just as capable of performing the same duties as men. Thank you for your service, and for forging the way toward gender equality in the armed forces.


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