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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

CNO Visits Groton...

...and talks about submarine production rates, appointing submariners to new positions, and (gasp!) women on submarines:

"Mullen seemed rather disarming when dealing with a standing-room-only crowd in Wilkinson Hall at the base for his all hands meeting. When a particularly sensitive topic came up — a young female sailor asked whether women will ever be on submarines — he turned to the men whispering in the back of the room with a raised eyebrow and intoned, “murmur, murmur,” evoking a chuckle from the crowd.
He noted that one of the submarine community's own, Adm. Frank L. “Skip” Bowman, the retired head of Naval Reactors, said a few years ago that he expects women will serve on and command submarines in the not-too-distant future.
Some of the career submariners said it's an answer that all sides can live with, leaving open the possibility to those who support the initiative, and putting opponents on notice that they have some time to figure out how to make it work.
“I think that's out there,” Mullen said.
“Is it going to happen tomorrow?” he added. “I don't think it's going to happen tomorrow.”


Anyway, it's a really good article, so check it out and discuss among yourselves while I'm at work; I might have some more comments later tonight.

4 Comments:

Anonymous rebootinit said...

Good article. It sounds like we have a guy in charge that knows what submarines can do.
On the other hand, the SSGN's are coming out, and post modifications will allow for females to serve onboard with adequate privacy. We shall see what happens.
Oh, what a terrible day it shall be....

9/14/2005 5:52 AM

 
Blogger Franklin T. Nelson said...

Sat goodbye to Dick and Fart jokes. No more Naked man on the midwatch.

9/14/2005 2:06 PM

 
Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Yeah - ok, it might be *technically* possible, but oh the culture shift!

Need I say that during my first week - MY FIRST WEEK - on shore tour I got a harassment complaint. Apparently, when talking on the phone to another sailor, other people might overhear you say things that your mother might not approve of you saying. Yup, culture shock.

9/14/2005 3:45 PM

 
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10/08/2005 7:56 PM

 

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