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  1. The Navy Promoted a Woman to Its Highest Rank for the First Time

    The times, they are a changin'. Good.

    Women have long had a tough time in the military, and that's putting it extremely lightly. That' hasn't stopped the U.S. Navy's Michelle Howard, who was the first African-American woman to earn the rank of admiral, and now she's been promoted to four-star admiral—the Navy's highest rank.

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  2. Navy Ships Getting Laser Weapons In 2014 [Video]

    After years and billions of dollars spent in development, the Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) has been deemed ready for primetime, meaning the directed-energy weapons will start making appearances on the decks of U.S. military ships beginning next year. The solid-state laser, which will make stage its coming out on the USS Ponce, is still in it prototype stage, and isn't yet capable of eliminating a missile or enemy jet, but Navy officials are confident that it could disable other ships, and as for drones...well, you can see it blasting one out of the air during a test in the video below.

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  3. Navy Dolphins to Be Replaced by Robots in 5 Years, Human Jobs Probably Safe A Little Longer

    Looks like the robots' insidious plot to displace all of mankind from their jobs even extends to our friends in the animal kingdom. The Navy is planning to reduce its reliance on mine-detecting dolphins -- and seals -- in favor of more sophisticated unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). While the Navy isn't planning to begin this initiative at least by 2017, this certainly doesn't bode well for dolphins who have mouths to feed in this tenuous economy. So long and thanks for all the pink slips.

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  4. U.S. Navy Programs Robot to Dance Gangnam Style [Video]

    When they aren't figuring out how to protect the country from the Ukrainian attack dolphins, scientists developing technology for the U.S. navy likes to dance. Unfortunately, most of them don't have any rhythm, so they program their robots to dance for them. Case in point, CHARLI-2, an Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid (ASH), knows how to dance Gangnam-style. He may be a little late to the K-Pop party, he makes for up for it with commitment and enthusiasm. Let's all give CHARLI a round of applause... Before he decides to turn against his human masters.

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  5. Ukrainian Navy is Training Dolphins to Attack With Special Head-Mounted Pistols

    Whenever the phrase "attack dolphins" happens to be uttered, the typical imagery that comes to mind is of Cold War operations that trained the aquatic mammals to perform various tasks, like hunt for mines. This is apparently not true for everyone, however. Even today, some governments are supposedly training dolphins to kill. Specifically, the Ukrainian navy allegedly wants to outfit dolphins with head-mounted pistols. That's a comforting thought.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: The First Lesbian Navy Homecoming Kiss

    Things We Saw Today

    Is this a sight for sore eyes or what? What you're looking at is a lesbian couple sharing the traditional homecoming kiss for the first time in Navy history. Hit the jump for more on this story plus a video interview with the couple and the rest of what we saw today! 

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  7. Over 10,000 Man Hours Spent Trying to Fix Aircraft Carrier G.H.W. Bush's 423 Toilets

    According to the Navy Times, the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) has been struggling with some critical technical difficulties since it began its first deployment. Namely, that it has been extremely hard to keep all the $6.2 billion carrier's toilets functioning. According to sources onboard the ship, there have been times when none of the carrier's 423 toilets have been available for use. The horror of this situation is brought into sharp focus when you remember that the ship carries some 5,000 sailors.

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  8. First Co-Ed Submarine Bunks Opens Job Opportunities for (Australian) Women

    Firsts

    A little while ago we talked about the first women allowed to serve on a nuclear submarine--provided that they ranked as officers or above, as that would mean they got their own sleeping quarters. Australia has implemented a different solution to the problem, by premiering its first co-ed submarine sleeping quarters. According to the Australian federal government, the change will offer more women career opportunities, as previously women have missed out on postings due to lack of a place to put them.

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  9. First Female Submarine Officers Begin Their Training

    Firsts

    The nuclear submarine has long been one of the last completely gender exclusive posts in many navies around the world. The typically long and isolated deployments, along with a very cramped and communal environment has kept armed forces from being comfortable with creating co-ed  submarine crews. According to Wikipedia the U.S. Navy allows only three exceptions to the ban on women in submarines, "female civilian technicians for a few days at most; women midshipmen on an overnight during summer training for both Navy ROTC and Naval Academy; [and] family members for one-day dependent cruises." However, the U.S.'s ban on women in subs has recently been overturned (at least partially) and yesterday eight women officers reported for the Submarine Officer Basic Course in Groton, Connecticut.

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