New sub USS Illinois will not have all female crew
I cannot determine where the error originated, in the White House press release or at another point but… The Weekly Standard and a large number of other news outlets, blogs, boards and Twitter users have noted that the USS Illinois, SSN-786, a Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine under construction, will have an all-female crew. That is utter nonsense but apparently few news people had their thinking caps on. It will be the first submarine to have women in the crew.
The Weekly Standard has corrected their story on the sponsorship of the USS Illinois, without noting the change.
Yes, you’re correct: It won’t be an all female submarine. The story has been updated. We apologize for the mistake.
The Web Editors
On Mon, May 28, 2012 at 2:42 PM,
Comment from: csimmins@xxxxxxxx
I suspect what the White House meant to say was that the USS Illinois would have the first women to crew a US sub. It will not be an all-female crew, so far as I can tell.
Unfortunately, a lot of news outlets went with a similar report and have not corrected it as yet. Below are some screen captures I took just moments ago.
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