GMA On USS Scranton
As previously mentioned by The Sub Report, Good Morning America will be broadcasting from Norfolk tomorrow, and news anchor Robin Roberts will be reporting from, and spending the night on, USS Scranton (SSN 756) on Wednesday:
"The Navy and the show’s producers announced that Roberts will go to sea on Wednesday aboard the Norfolk-based submarine Scranton and report live while the submarine is under way. She’ll spend a night aboard the Scranton.
"On Tuesday, Roberts is scheduled to visit the Submarine Learning Facility at the naval station, where submariners sharpen their skills in everything from firefighting to navigation."
Guess the XO gets to find somewhere else to sleep that night...
Update 2221 22 Nov: From ABC News, a report on the first day of the GMA visit to Norfolk. Not surprisingly, the topic of women on subs was addressed, and VADM Munns had the answer:
"Many countries allow women to serve on submarines, but the U.S. forces, only men can serve.
"For the submarine service we deploy for six months, the countries you talked about deploy for two weeks," Munns said. "The living space on a submarine is [the size of] a three-bedroom house, with 140 people in that space. It is a matter of privacy."
The article also said that USS Scranton is "just larger than a football field" but that's a little misleading; LA class boats are 362' long, or 2 feet longer than goalpost to goalpost, but are significantly narrower (only 11 yards across).