First U.S. Navy Female Submarine Officers Qualify

Category: US Society / Dec 06, 2012 11:10AM EDT
The United States Navy awarded the first "dolphins" to female unrestricted line officers Wednesday. (December 5) Lieutenants Amber Cohen, Marquette Leveque, and Jennifer Noonan were award the "dolphins", the informal nickname for a Submarine Service Warfare qualification. In order to receive the pin the women had to qualify as Officer of the Deck and Engineering, Officer of the Watch, perform damage control functions, and demonstrate satisfactory qualities of leadership. Lt. Amber Cohen was award her "dolphins" by her husband Lt. Adam Cohen at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Washington. "I'm so glad she was selected because she will basically show them how it can be done," Lt. Adam Cohen said. The United States Navy lifted the ban on women serving on U.S. submarines in April 2010. Today 24 women are serving on submarines.