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Women in the Navy

Gabrielle South , Navy fire control-woman. - SayangSabah
Gabrielle South , Navy fire control-woman. – SayangSabah

KOTA KINABALU: Security forces should comprise all men is an age old belief but nowadays, women are getting more involved in this field

Gabrielle South, 24, a fire controlman or in her case it should be controlwoman; she said being a woman in today’s Navy is a hard task with many challenges.

“It is a challenging job but it is also an exciting and rewarding career. In the Navy, the reponsibilities are significant and we respect one another,” she said to SayangSabah during a media tour to the USS Comstock (LSD 45) at the Royal Malaysian Navy base in Teluk Sepanggar, here, today.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Sepanggar, Sabah on Jan, 22 for a schedule port visit.

South who is the only woman in her division said being in the Navy gave her the chance to push limits.

“Women is just as hardworking as men. I think women and men can work alongside together and that’s how it should be – we should all be equal,” she opined.

Specialised in the weapon systems division, South shared that in the Navy the idea that certain jobs are better suited for men alone is redefined.

She disclosed that there are 400 sailors and 100 out of the sailors were women.

“If you have the determination and capability the so-called stereotypes are overridden. I believe that the Navy is a dynamic fields for women to venture,” she stated.

Comstock is on a deployment with the 11th MEU to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing security and stability in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The port visit in Sepanggar was the second last stop before departing back to its homeport in San Diego. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah

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