Royal Navy gets first female submariners

The first three women to become submariners in uniform smiling to camera
Left to right: Lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alex Olsson and Penny Thackray Credit: Ministry of Defence

Three women have become the first female submariners in the 110-year history of the Submarine Service.

Lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alexandra Olsson and Penny Thackray earned their "Dolphins" after months of training, including operations on HMS Vigilant.

Lieutenant Maxine Stiles in uniform smiling to camera
Lieutenant Maxine Stiles, one of the newly-qualified female submariners Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lieutenant Maxine Stiles, 29 from Ashton-under-Lyne, in Greater Manchester,

"I am immensely proud to wear the dolphins and say that I am now a part of the Submarine Service, with its great tradition and ethos".

Three women in uniform smiling to camera, with glasses in their hands
Lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alex Olsson and Penny Thackray Credit: [Chief Petty Officer Airman (Photographer) Thomas McDonald, Crown copyright

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I am delighted to be able to congratulate our first ever female submariners and wish them all the best in their future careers."

Lieutenant Alexandra Olsson from Tranmere, Wirral is undertaking deputy weapons engineering officer training.

Lieutenant Penny Thackray will become an education officer.