Navy's Gender-Neutral Carriers Won't Have Urinals

| by Michael Allen

The U.S. Navy's new class of carriers will go without urinals, in part to accommodate female sailors.

Capt. Chris Meyer told CNN on Wednesday that the change on the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers, due in late 2015, is one several new features meant to improve sailors' quality of life and reduce maintenance costs.

By eliminating urinals, the Navy can easily switch the designation of any restroom from male to female, or vice versa.

Making the areas more gender-neutral for women wasn't the only reason for the move.

Capt. Chris Meyer said that urinal drain pipes clog more than toilets: "There's a lot more at play in the design objectives than gender-neutral. We're saving money in maintenance costs, and we’re improving quality of life."

The Navy Times reported this week that some sailors are happy to lose the urinals because they're hard to clean and maintain.