Navy’s first female submariners begin training

U.S. Navy crew stand on the USS Michigan (SSGN-727), an Ohio-class guided missile submarine, as it prepares to dock at Subic Freeport, a former US naval base Tuesday, March 25, 2014 about 70 kilometers (44 miles) west of Manila, Philippines. The submarine, with 150 crew, is on a routine port call. (AP Photo/Jun Dumaguing)

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The first four of 38 enlisted women picked to serve on Navy submarines are starting their training at Basic Enlisted Submarine School at Groton on Monday.

The Day of New London reports the women are part of a class of 79 new students. They are in the Submarine Electronics Communications Field.

Capt. David Roberts, commanding officer to the Submarine Learning Center, tells the Day that the Groton barracks have been updated to meet the Navy’s privacy standards and senior enlisted female sailors also are arriving at the sub school to serve as mentors for the younger women.

After sub school, they will continue training for their specific rating specialties.

The Navy began recruiting women in January for submarine service. The first group chosen was announced in June and will begin serving on submarines next year.

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