POSTED: 03:16 p.m. HST, Oct 15, 2013
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.