Submarines: July 18, 2003


The navy has decided that there's enough room on the new Virginia class attack subs to provide every sailor with his own bunk. The current attack subs force many sailors to "hot bunk" (share a bunk with another sailor.) On the four Virginia class boats being built, the berthing areas will be divided into six-bunk compartments, with each group of six bunks separated by curtains from other bunks. There will be a locker under each bunk. The down side of this is that it makes it easier to accommodate women in the crew, something thing many in Congress have been demanding for years. This is not a slam-dunk, however, as there is no room on the Virginia's for separate toilet facilities. 




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