London: Britain is to soon allow women
to serve on its Royal Navy submarines, a media report said.
The Navy has deployed women on surface ships for over
20 years, but they remain banned from submarines for health
reasons. However, a leaked memo reveals that military bosses
have dismissed these concerns and may be about to lift the
ban, the `Daily Mirror` reported.
The memo, sent to Navy bosses by the Fleet`s deputy
chief of staff, said: "The Navy Board is wholeheartedly
committed to the principle of giving women the same
opportunity as men.
"The Royal Navy must be able to draw on the widest
pool of talent available if it is to maintain its competitive
Women, who make up 3,400 of the Royal Navy`s 36,000
personnel, have served on surface warships since 1990. But,
women have remained banned from submarines due to the dangers
posed by fumes inside vessels to a foetus if she`s pregnant.
A Navy source said: "This letter clearly shows
they are planning to get rid of this ban, may be as early as
The US, Australian, Canadian, Danish, Swedish and
Norwegian navies already allow women to serve aboard their