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Female officers will be assigned to Pearl Harbor attack subs in 2016

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 12:05 a.m. HST, Oct 16, 2013

Fiscal year 2016 will see the assignment of female officers for the first time to Pearl Harbor-based Virginia-class attack submarines, the Navy announced..

USS Virginia and USS Minnesota, both East Coast submarines, were selected as the initial two attack subs on which female crew members will serve.

A total of six female officers -- two supply corps and four nuclear-trained -- will report aboard no later than January 2015, the Navy said.

"My plan is to begin by integrating four Virginia-class attack submarines, with the second set of two units being integrated in Fiscal Year 2016," Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander of submarine forces, said in a news release Tuesday.

"Since Virginia and Minnesota are both Atlantic Fleet submarines home ported in Groton, Conn., I intend to select two Pacific Fleet submarines home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, early next year," he said.

Pearl Harbor has three Virginia-class subs -- the Hawaii, Texas and North Carolina -- with more expected to be based here as they are built.

"Female officers serving aboard Virginia-class submarines is the next natural step to more fully integrate women into the submarine force," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. 

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