Ashton woman becomes one of the first submariners to serve in the royal navy

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Lieutenant Maxine Stiles from Ashton-Under-Lyne became one of the first female submariners in history to serve in the Royal Navy.

Maxine together with her two colleagues, Alexandra Olsson and Penny Thackray, have just ended months of specialised training to earn their "Dolphins", the clasp worn by qualified sub-mariners.

The ban on women serving in submarines in the Royal Navy was lifted in 2011 and Lt. Stiles described the training as " very intense ". All three women are pictured above enjoying a well earned celebration after months of hard work.

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