Ready, Aim... No Urinals on New $12.9B Aircraft Carrier

A $12.9 billion aircraft carrier probably doesn't lack much, but the brand new Gerald R. Ford comes without one thing: urinals. 

The Navy Times reports on the surprising first, which came about following the decision to make every "head" gender-neutral. That will reportedly make it easier for the Navy to pivot and change the corresponding berthing area to housing female sailors versus male and vice versa as the makeup of deployments change.

 The decision to eliminate them from carriers was made in 2012, per a CNN piece published at the time, which noted urinal drain pipes are more likely to clog, increasing both maintenance costs and unpleasant odors.

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