SA has its first female submarine officer - Lieutenant Gillian Malouw

SA has its first female submarine officer - Lieutenant Gillian Malouw

Lieutenant Gillian Malouw is many things - the first-ever South African female officer able to navigate a submarine, the first one in Africa and also one of very few across the globe. Gillian is paving the way for women.

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Lieutenant Gillian Malouw became the very first, and only, female officer in South Africa able to navigate a submarine.

On top of that, she's also the first in Africa, and one of only a handful of female submarine officers in the world.

This is a massive achievement and Gillian can be extremely proud of herself. Mzansi certainly is!

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Goodthingsguy reports that Gillian grew up in Port Elizabeth and dreamt of being in the navy from a young age.

I was a sea cadet from around Grade 7, but I was in Grade 9 when I made the decision I wanted to be in the navy. It is a very interesting environment. I think I work very well under pressure.

Gillian says she applied to be a submarine officer because she loves the sea so much and wanted to serve her country.

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Of course, for any officer that is the ultimate goal… this is just the start.

Now that's #WomanPower to inspire nations!

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Source: Briefly News

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