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Faces of the Fleet: Women’s History Month

Our female Sailors have a rich history of service in the Navy dating back to the 1800’s when women served as nurses.

In 2016, all military occupations and positions were opened to women as they continue to contribute their talents and capabilities to our force by holding nearly every job from naval aviator to deep-sea diver.

Today, women serve in every rank from seamen to admiral representing 19 percent of the entire naval force, 18 percent of all officers, 11 percent of flag officers, 20 percent of the enlisted force, and 8 percent of all senior and master chiefs.

In observance of Women’s History Month, take a look at some of our Faces of the Fleet.

Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class Samantha Rivera stands topside rover watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) while the ship is pierside onboard Naval Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/Released)
Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class Samantha Rivera stands topside rover watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) while the ship is pierside onboard Naval Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/Released)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Ashley Linares, from Los Angeles, pauses for a photo while confirming numbers with the central charging pad operator on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cole Schroeder/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Ashley Linares, from Los Angeles, pauses for a photo while confirming numbers with the central charging pad operator on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cole Schroeder/Released)
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Alicia Mata, from Houston, prepares to conduct maintenance on a close in weapon system aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Bacon/Released)
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Alicia Mata, from Houston, prepares to conduct maintenance on a close in weapon system aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Bacon/Released)
Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben, second from right, chief of chaplains of the Navy and chair of the Armed Forces Chaplain Board (AFCB), responds to questions from ecclesiastical endorsers at the annual AFCB Military Chaplains Ecclesiastical Conference at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben, second from right, chief of chaplains of the Navy and chair of the Armed Forces Chaplain Board (AFCB), responds to questions from ecclesiastical endorsers at the annual AFCB Military Chaplains Ecclesiastical Conference at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Two hundred fourty-four Midshipmen chose their first duty assignment during the U.S. Naval Academy’s Ship Selection Night at Alumni Hall. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Caswell/Released)
Two hundred fourty-four Midshipmen chose their first duty assignment during the U.S. Naval Academy’s Ship Selection Night at Alumni Hall. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Caswell/Released)
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Priscilla Bailey, from Chicago, signals to a crane during small boat operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance warfighting readiness and posture forward as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Williamson/Released)
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Priscilla Bailey, from Chicago, signals to a crane during small boat operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Williamson/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Aeiken, left, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Alyson Welsh, right, directs a MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the “Warlords” of Helicopter Strike Squandron (HSM) 51 to the hangar bay onboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Joshua Mortensen/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Aeiken, left, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Alyson Welsh, right, directs a MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the “Warlords” of Helicopter Strike Squandron (HSM) 51 to the hangar bay onboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Joshua Mortensen/Released)
Ensign Christa Ratcliff, from Dallas, stands at parade rest as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) pulls into Suva, Fiji. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Kelley/Released)
Ensign Christa Ratcliff, from Dallas, stands at parade rest as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) pulls into Suva, Fiji. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danny Kelley/Released)
Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), fire a Mark 38 25mm machine gun system during a live-fire exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey L. Adams/Released)
Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), fire a Mark 38 25mm machine gun system during a live-fire exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey L. Adams/Released)
Lt. Caitlyn Hoysock checks her dentistry equipment before performing a dental cleaning aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Joe Boggio/ Released)
Lt. Caitlyn Hoysock checks her dentistry equipment before performing a dental cleaning aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Joe Boggio/ Released)
Sideboys from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) render honors to Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)
Sideboys from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) render honors to Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)
Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Jasmine Dyson prepares supper for the crew of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan K. Serpico/Released)
Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Jasmine Dyson prepares supper for the crew of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan K. Serpico/Released)
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alyssa Valimento looks at a blood sample through a microscope aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bill M. Sanders/Released)
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alyssa Valimento looks at a blood sample through a microscope aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bill M. Sanders/Released)
Capt. Mary White, a nurse practitioner at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport’s Pediatrics clinic, examines a child experiencing cold symptoms. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel/Released)
Capt. Mary White, a nurse practitioner at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Mayport’s Pediatrics clinic, examines a child experiencing cold symptoms. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel/Released)
Chief Operations Specialist Jaqueline Renteria stands watch in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zach Sleeper/Released)
Chief Operations Specialist Jaqueline Renteria stands watch in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zach Sleeper/Released)

So here’s to the women of the U.S. Navy.

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