First woman to pin on the dolphins
PUGET SOUND, Wash. (April 18, 2016) – The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) transits the Hood Canal as it returns to home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol. Jackson is one of eight ballistic missile submarines stationed at the base providing the most survivable leg of the strategic deterrence triad for the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)
We now have a woman submariner! The first woman has pinned on the dolphin qualification badge.
When I was growing up, I loved reading and watching anything about submarines and undersea. I checked out submarine books from the library—Admiral Rickover’s book on the first nuclear submarine, and Robb White’s novels. Even the movie tie in for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (which is quite different from the movie that aired).
Submarines are just cool. Nothing like seeing one burst up out of the water on an emergency blow. Of course, I’ve only seen that on TV, but it’s still cool.
By the way, she’s enlisted, and a cook.