Apr 29, 2010 9:30 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
The U.S. policy banning women from serving on submarines passed quietly into history Thursday morning.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates notified lawmakers in mid-February that the Navy would be lifting the ban - unless Congress objected. Navy spokesman Lt. Justin Cole said the deadline for Congress to object passed at midnight without action.
The Navy plans a press conference later Thursday to talk about the new policy that will allow women to serve along side men on submarines.