First Female Submariners Report to Submarine School

Story Number: NNS110509-04Release Date: 5/9/2011 8:49:00 AM
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From Commander, Submarine Forces Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Eight female officers selected for assignment to submarines will report May 9 to the Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC) in Groton, Conn., for initial submarine training.

These female officers will join 74 male counterparts to make up SOBC Class 10040.

The officers are among 18 women from the U.S. Naval Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Officer Candidate School commissioning programs who were selected last year to enter the submarine service.

Female SOBC graduates will be assigned to eight different crews of guided-missile and ballistic-missile submarines once they have completed their training program, including six months of Nuclear Power School, six months of Naval Nuclear Prototype Training and 10 weeks of SOBC.

For more information on submarines, visit the Commander, Submarine Force's website,

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