This is in response to the person who wrote in protesting the fact that female crew were now being allowed to serve on submarines, "Old-salt submariner: Keep ladies off subs," (March 3).
The Royal Norweigan Navy was the first navy to allow female crew on it's submarines in 1985 - followed by the Royal Danish Navy, Swedish Navy, Royal Australian Navy, German Navy, Canadian Navy and the Navy of the United Kingdom. In 1995, Solveig Krey of the Royal Norweigan Navy became the first female officer to assume command on a military submarine, the HNoMs Kobben.
Women serving aboard submarines is not a new idea. It may be the last male bastion in the U.S. Navy, which is why there are some opinionated and prejudiced people who believe that women should not be "allowed" to serve there.