Navy: Female Submariners Secretly Filmed in Shower

They were among first women to serve on subs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2014 10:18 PM CST
Updated Dec 4, 2014 1:54 AM CST
Navy: Female Submariners Secretly Filmed in Shower
The women were filmed on board the USS Wyoming.   (MC1 Rex Nelson/Navy)

A big scandal for the Navy's submarine integration program: Some of the first women ever to serve on American subs were secretly recorded showering on the USS Wyoming, reports the Navy Times. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating a 24-year-old male officer who is accused of recording the women over the period of about a year on the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine and distributing the videos, officials say. A retired supply officer in touch with one of the victims says a report was first filed on the videos after one of them was received by an officer on another submarine.

The Wyoming was one of the first submarines to have female crew members when they started being assigned to subs in 2011. The retired officer says that on her first day on a sub acting as mentor to younger female submariners, a young sailor asked her, "Where are the females?" She says she "looked at him and said, 'All right, let's get one thing straight: They're not females, they're junior officers on this boat, they're division officers, and you will address them as Ensign So-and-So, and you can tell everybody else on the boat." At least 43 women have served on submarines since the ban was lifted, and the Navy plans to integrate fast-attack submarines for the first time in January, starting with the USS Virginia and USS Minnesota, reports the Washington Post. (More submarine stories.)

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