Women can now serve on US submarines, after a ban was lifted.
Training women for their new duties and the creation of appropriate quarters mean it could be more than a year before women take up their posts. Its estimated that it will cost the US Defence Department as much as £1 million to refurbish the submarines with elevators (there were major Health and Safety concerns over the number of accidents caused by the new staff tripping on metal stairs in their stilettos).
The cramped conditions had previously precluded women, despite serving alongside men on surface ships. Another £1 million will be spent installing powder rooms, en suite showers and, of course, mirrors on every deck in case a stray hair is out of place
A US Defence Department source said: "It would be foolish to not take the great talent, the great confidence and intellect of the young women who serve in our navy today and bring that into our submarine force. And besides, some of them have got cute asses".