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Female submariners make history

Three women have become the first females to serve in the Royal Navy Submarine Service.

Pioneering lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alex Olsson and Penny Thackray have become the first women to serve on a submarine in the 110 years of the ‘Silent Service’.

Following months of specialised training, the 3 women have each earned their ‘dolphins’ badge; the hard-won and much-prized symbol of a submariner.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

I am delighted to be able to congratulate our first ever female submariners and wish them all the best in their future careers.

Our armed forces offer an enormous range of opportunities and careers, no matter what your gender. This is another important step forward as we strive to make sure our armed forces better represent the society we serve.

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