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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shipyard converting USS Michigan for enlisted women

USS Michigan (SSGN-727)The USS Michigan entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard last month for modifications to allow it to become the first submarine to carry enlisted women.

The $2.8 million reconfiguration will provide living space for 29 women. Two chief petty officers will share a living space and washroom. Twenty-seven from lower ranks will split into nine-person bunk rooms and all share a head, said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura, Submarine Group Nine spokesman.

The work is part of a major maintenance period that is scheduled to be completed next summer.

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