Have you ever wondered why there are no websites, blogs, social media pages where men and women jump out at you declaring that they are 'straight' and yet there are many which proudly declare that their jumpers are gay? Funny really, and clearly there must be a reason why they are so proud of not being straight! Not to worry:perhaps one day I'll fathom it.

I note from the WWW that one of the women who has qualified as a submarine officer is a medical/scientific officer, not given to standing a watch whether dived or on surface passage, and that must be unique not to mention a clever thing to have achieved e.g., two deep specialisations rolled into one person. The navy could save a lot of money cross-training all its officers that way!

Anyway, her name is Emma, Lieutenant Emma Boswell Royal Navy, and welcome onboard.

This is she

and here is a potted history about her

One of the first women officers to serve in UK submarines.

I left the Service after over 30 years in 1983, seven years before the RN decided to let women serve at sea in the fleet and seventeen years before the EU forced the UK to abandon its hang-up with 'bent' people [that's in direct opposition to 'straight' people] and if one is seen as being derogatory, then let both be: one of the reason why my referendum vote will be a big 'NO' meaning we should leave the clutches of Brussels with its funny yet perverse ideas. Likewise, if today's service personnel are allowed to talk openly about current conditions, then I in my turn should be allowed to talk about conditions extant during my time in the navy without attracting criticism. Of course in my time, father kept morphine in a locked cabinet in his cabin and the coxswain and No1 were together the doctor, paramedic and SBA [sick berth attendant] with a collective knowledge gleaned after a forenoon's instruction in the Depot Ship or terra firma base sick bay. We certainly didn't carry a doctor who was also fully trained as a submariner - my, that was posh! Mind you, as submariners, we often paid the penalty for that shortcoming, and I can well remember the deaths in Sidon, Rorqual and one near death in Auriga [peritonitis] ably dealt with, but just in time by a sootax [helicopter uplift transfer], to the USAF Base Hospital at USAF Kindley, whilst exercising off Bermuda, plus the panic of rigging up a catheter for a guy with excruciating pain from retention hundreds of miles from land and way outside established shipping lanes. Eventually, after a flow-of-kinds had been achieved, speculating on the off chance, we closed those lanes and made radio contact with a South Korean vessel called Hongezon. Their surgeon tidied things up, gave our man a couple of proper catheters and instructions on how to self-catheter, and then we exchanged gifts - a wardroom bottle to them and from them fresh food and newly baked cakes and buns. The Koreans were so excited to be in close proximity with a surfaced submarine, and as a second thank you, we did a special dynamic shop-window for them to enjoy.


Still good to know that our SSBN's and SSN's are properly crewed  without the need for pier-head-jumps.

Best of luck to all involved and good sailing.  

Yours aye