Female sailor makes history serving on submarine

Published On: Dec 06 2012 10:47:38 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 06 2012 11:11:00 AM EST
Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque
NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY, Ga. -

Authorities say a U.S. Navy sailor who serves on a submarine based in Georgia has made history by becoming one of the first of three women ever to earn a Dolphins pin.

The Brunswick News reports that earning the pin is something all Navy sailors must do within two patrols to qualify to serve on a submarine.

The pin was given to Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque during a ceremony this week at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on Georgia's coast.

The Colorado native accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy before the Navy decided in 2010 to allow women to serve on submarines. When the Navy announced that women could serve on submarines, Leveque said it was an opportunity she wanted to pursue.