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