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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Women to serve in Russian Navy submarines?

USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)Women may be able to serve on Russia Navy submarines after 2018, a source in the Ministry of Defence told InterFax News Agency earlier this month. However, the Russian Navy has denied this report raising questions, again, on the role and place of women in the Russian armed forces.

Women have served in the Russian armed forces since the Soviet era. The navy, which is discussing the future role of women in the service, insisted that discussing the role of women was not discriminatory. After all, the navy has women serving in communications units, medical units and on shore facilities.

However, in the cramped confines of a warship, and even more so, a submarine, it is extremely difficult to create conditions conducive for members of both sexes to function together professionally, a fact highlighted by scandals in the US Navy.

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