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First female submarine officers receive their dolphins
News Channel 3 - wtkr ^ | December 6, 2012 | Matt Knight

Posted on 12/06/2012 9:52:06 AM PST by george76

Three sailors assigned to the USS Maine and USS Wyoming became the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in submarines on Dec. 5.

Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., assigned to the Gold Crew of Wyoming, and Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan and Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan of Maine’s Blue Crew received their submarine “dolphins” during separate ceremonies at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., and Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash.

In order to receive their dolphins, Leveque, Cowan and Noonan were required to qualify as Officer of the Deck and Engineering Officer of the Watch, perform damage control functions, and demonstrate satisfactory qualities of leadership.

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Prior to reporting to their boats beginning in November 2011, Leveque, Cowan, Noonan and the other women assigned to Ohio, Maine, Wyoming and Georgia graduated from the Submarine Officer Basic Course in Groton, Conn. In addition, the submarine line officers under instruction graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School at Charleston, S.C., and underwent naval nuclear prototype training.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Colorado; US: Connecticut; US: Georgia; US: Virginia; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: bubbleheadbettys; dolphins; muffdivers; navy; submarine; submarineofficers

1 posted on 12/06/2012 9:52:14 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

Good for them, but I wonder about the tension that is created during a cruise.


2 posted on 12/06/2012 9:57:10 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: txnativegop

Our Navy has lost its warrior ethos. It is now a politically correct force to “do good.” Mothers don’t let your boys to grow up to be sailors.


3 posted on 12/06/2012 10:00:22 AM PST by allendale
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To: txnativegop
Good for them, but I wonder about the tension that is created during a cruise.

Nothing to see here... They have it covered!


4 posted on 12/06/2012 10:00:33 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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121205-N-FG395-010 KINGS BAY, Ga. (Dec. 5, 2012) Lt. j.g. Luke Leveque, assigned to the Gold crew of the ballistic missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) pins the submarine officer warfare device on his wife, Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque, assigned to the Gold crew of the ballistic missile submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN 742), at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Leveque is one of three Sailors to become the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in submarines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

121205-N-LP168-011 BANGOR, Wash. (Dec. 5, 2012) Lt. j.g. Jennifer Noonan, assigned to the Blue crew of the ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741), receives her submarine warfare officer device from former shipmate Lt. Jason Brethauer during a ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Noonan is one of three Sailors to become the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in submarines. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes/Released)

121205-N-LP168-008 BANGOR, Wash. (Dec. 5, 2012) Lt. Adam Cowan congratulates his wife, Lt. j.g. Amber Cowan, assigned to the Blue crew of the ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741), after pinning on her submarine warfare officer device during a ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Cowan is one of three Sailors to become the first female unrestricted line officers to qualify in submarines. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes)

Countdown has commenced for poverty pimp shakedown artist Jesse Jackson to threaten the Navy over the lack of ethnic diversity amongst these new bubbleheads.

5 posted on 12/06/2012 10:09:50 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: george76

Uhhhhh, Yeah???


6 posted on 12/06/2012 10:12:40 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Based on the evidence presented, Lts. j.g. one and two are judged “not guilty”.


7 posted on 12/06/2012 10:12:40 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

I second your motion of not guilty.


8 posted on 12/06/2012 10:15:46 AM PST by catbertz
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To: george76

Dang, I was expecting something kinky! B-) B-D


9 posted on 12/06/2012 10:22:23 AM PST by Nowhere Man (It is about time we re-enact Normandy, at the shores of the Potomac.)
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To: george76

Any here on FR who were on the boomers during the cold war? How would six months submerged been with one or two females aboard. Would the tension level gone up or down? Would anyone have gone crazy and nuked Moscow?


10 posted on 12/06/2012 10:31:27 AM PST by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: george76

Disaster in the making. Sick, evil, wicked idea to have women put to sea on warships, let alone subs. War is not a game or an arena for political correctness regarding deviant social engineering.

There is no need to have women on board naval vessels, we have 150 million men in this nation.

Few people talk about the high rate of women returning from sea pregnant.

If we don’t return to traditional, honorable policy, we have a disaster in the making, as the military is rapidly losing it’s focus on real warmaking in large conflict scenarios.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 10:34:08 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: PieterCasparzen

“Operation Petticoat”

(Sigh)......truth is always stranger than fiction.


12 posted on 12/06/2012 10:46:05 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: RicocheT
The problem is psychological in that with attractive women on board you constantly wondering who is hitting it, and why aren't I trying to hit it? This is a major distraction. Also, when on liberty(one ocean - different continent rule) fidelity is optional and the guys have a code of silence. Fidelity is the first casualty on deployment, the second is sobriety. I can imagine some don't trust those split tails to keep their mouths shut when you get back.

One Ocean different Continent rule: If you are more than one ocean or 2 continents between you and your spouse then you are no longer married. Being deployed in the Navy adds a geographical component into marriage/relationships.

13 posted on 12/06/2012 10:50:45 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: george76; windcliff; stylecouncilor

We are going to regret this.


14 posted on 12/06/2012 10:54:17 AM PST by onedoug
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To: george76

Gee, I wonder how long it will take before we have our first “Three Dolphin” club members?


15 posted on 12/06/2012 10:54:59 AM PST by Little Ray (Get back to work. Your urban masters need their EBTs refilled.)
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To: central_va

In Roman times, soldiers were forbidden to marry, on the understandable grounds that single men without wives and children to worry about were likely to be the most effective soldiers (and less likely to desert). Obviously, modern militaries don’t have that kind of policy, because it is unrealistic.
What I’m saying is, it would probably be ideal for all soldiers/sailors etc to be male and single, but it is unrealistic in this day and age to expect them all to fall into this category...


16 posted on 12/06/2012 11:02:40 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: allendale

They may yet prove themselves warriors. If they passed the various schools to earn the right to serve on subs, they are obviously intellegent.

All that I am saying is give them a chance, they might surprise you. If they fail, then they fail and send them else where.


17 posted on 12/06/2012 11:16:26 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: george76
I foresee another “Tailhook” or worse.

Every time a female is allowed to enter the military ranks that were exclusively men they started to not only find fault but take umbrage over the “coarseness of the fighting men and their culture. The brass then puts the hammer down on the males and changes the culture and downgrades their combat effectiveness.

The women then get more smug and wander around the males with a haughty attitude and a chip on their shoulders, just waiting to find even a hint of maleness so they can feign even more hurt, get more men in trouble for nothing, and then gain control of every aspect of what used to be an effective combat unit/team/crew.

18 posted on 12/06/2012 11:17:47 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: RicocheT

I served on a boomer (USS Patrick Henry SSBN 599G) from 1969 to 1973. We talked about female crew members all the time because even then the Navy was conducting surveys and studies to see what the reaction would be to mixed crews. The theory was that anything that would make the patrol more pleasant would give the Navy an excuse to extend them beyond the normal 65 days.

The general consensus was then that the wives and girlfriends would be the only ones who would object. An idea that was floated then was to make all the females admitted lesbians so the wives wouldn’t have a reason to worry but that didn’t fly because gays weren’t allowed to serve. It was a fun debate back in the day.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 11:24:18 AM PST by MNnice
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To: george76

Be an interesting cruise with those ladies in a boat filled with seamen.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 11:38:37 AM PST by Fido969
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To: george76

LOL!

It gives me great solace that the military the Marxists hope to marshal against us patriots when the time comes is the same military that hasn’t won a war since WWII, and is continually being gutted further both in terms of funding, warrior ethos, morale and common sense. Bring it on!


21 posted on 12/06/2012 12:03:46 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Transfer requests to the USS Maine have suddenly increased.

Remember the Maine, indeed.

}:-)4


22 posted on 12/06/2012 12:40:22 PM PST by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Moose4

That’s the one the shipyard worker burned for 400 million?


23 posted on 12/06/2012 1:28:21 PM PST by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: george76
I can hardly wait for the friendly fire torpedoing of these females by their male counterparts. It will be interesting to see what the pregnancy rates are aboard the new “love” boats. The co-ed surface fleet has obfuscated these numbers for years. They are significant.
24 posted on 12/06/2012 1:57:25 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: george76

Another sad day on the road to serfdom...


25 posted on 12/07/2012 3:15:38 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: All

They’re easy on the eyes, too!


26 posted on 12/07/2012 3:29:22 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: george76

whoopie.


27 posted on 12/07/2012 7:41:09 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: A.A. Cunningham
You're right. I don't see any black guys in those pictures. Navy must be really racist.
28 posted on 12/07/2012 7:43:23 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
Historically, the military has never been known as a repository of wisdom. Since ancient days they have repeatedly forgotten and had to relearn the same lessons. Now is no different from the days of Rome. PhD General David Petraeus had no more self restraint than some idiot Roman spearchucker--let his crotch get him in trouble. How stupid can you get.
29 posted on 12/07/2012 7:49:26 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: txnativegop

“If they fail, then they fail”

Kind of cavalier about our nation’s defense and our tax dollars aren’t you? The military isn’t a social experiment! What a FReeping liberal!


30 posted on 12/07/2012 9:09:12 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

I believe you have forgotten that those officers EARNED the right to wear the uniform and EARNED the right to serve on subs.

Just my opinion, and just so you know, those who disagree with you are not automatically liberal in their views.

Sheesh!


31 posted on 12/08/2012 10:41:24 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: txnativegop

“EARNED”

You know that and that no standards were compromised? They have always been in the past with these female affirmative action hires.


32 posted on 12/08/2012 7:21:46 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

To answer your question — are submarines the type of ship (boat) where standards of performance can be altered for a few members of a crew?

The nature of vessel and it needs for damage control teams would suggest not.

I do understand your position, there should be no women in combat, I agree with that position as well.

However, the naval hierarchy seemns to believe that these three officers are capable of performing to the level required for subermarines.


33 posted on 12/09/2012 10:44:38 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: txnativegop

The naval hierarchy believes anything Obama tells them to believe. And no statistics or facts will ever get in their way!


34 posted on 12/09/2012 10:59:46 AM PST by Mr Rogers (America is becoming California, and California is becoming Detroit. Detroit is already hell.)
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To: txnativegop

“are submarines the type of ship (boat) where standards of performance can be altered for a few members of a crew?”

How about airplanes? Can the military services change standards for pilots of military aircraft? Your logic would probably assume not, but they did.


35 posted on 12/09/2012 11:16:50 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: txnativegop

“the naval hierarchy “

That naval hierarchy had Moochelle Obama show up and proclaim her support for an all female sub crew. That hierarchy will do whatever it takes to get it and that includes lowering standards however far necessary to obtain an all female crew.


36 posted on 12/09/2012 11:19:09 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: CodeToad

I don’t mean to be misogynistic, but there was an article published recently about two female college roommates, one of which poisoned the other (hospitalization, no fatality) because of an argument over who did the dishes.

I’m sorry, but some people don’t grow up at all, and I’d hate to see the equivalent of that sort of attitude on some submersible metal tube.

:(


37 posted on 12/09/2012 11:24:22 AM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Add in a little liberal propaganda that they “deserve it” and it is “rightfully theirs” and that attitude magnifies greatly; “Who are you to flunk me off this sub? F’ You! *bang*”


38 posted on 12/09/2012 3:06:20 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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