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USS Ford First Aircraft Carrier With All Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

USS Ford First Aircraft Carrier With All Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

USS Gerald R. Ford (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 July 2017 05:14 PM

The USS Gerald R. Ford is the first aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy to have gender neutral bathrooms, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.

Every sleeping quarter in the ship, which is the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, will have seated toilets that can be used by anyone instead of urinals in their bathrooms.

Women make up about 18 percent of sailors in the Navy.

"This is designed to give the ship flexibility, because there aren't any berthing areas that are dedicated to one sex or the other," Operations Specialist 1st Class Kaylea Motsenbocker told Navy Times. "So if this space was needed for males, we could shift the females to other berthing areas and make this all male without any modification being necessary."

Many consider the move appropriate on this particular ship, as President Gerald Ford was in office in 1976 when women were first allowed to join the Naval Academy.

Last week, President Donald Trump helped hand over the USS Ford to the Navy, saying the $12.9 billion aircraft carrier will send a "100,000-ton message to the world" about America's military might when it is ultimately deployed.

Other changes that have made an appearance on the aircraft carrier, according to RT, are the newly redesigned sleeping areas which have less beds in each room.

In addition, there are different spaces for recreation and sleeping, as well as wider passageways, improved gyms, better air conditioning and more efficient light bulbs.

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The USS Gerald R. Ford is the first aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy to have gender neutral bathrooms, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.
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