(UPI) -- A joint statement from the Navy’s U.S. Fleet Forces and Pacific Fleet released Thursday said that sailors will be issued new Flame Resistant Variant (FRV) coveralls sometime before the end of the year.
“We made the decision to supply flame-resistant coveralls to all Sailors assigned to ships as an added safety precaution,” said Adm. Bill Gortney of the USFF. “The information provided in the manner wear message will ensure everyone understands what is expected in the wearing of this new organizational clothing.”
A series of show-and-tell roadshows will be held in November and December so that sailors will have a chance to check out their new gear.
In the past, flame-resistant clothing was only issued to sailors working in engineering departments and in other high-risk areas. Now every sailor will be given the additional protection.
The joint message from Adm. Gortney and Adm. Harry B. Harris (PACFLT) highlighted the Navy’s commitment on safety.
“We operate in an environment that contains inherent risks. Given what has been learned through the organizational clothing working group analysis and NWU type I burn test, we are striving to make shipboard environments safer. We have made initial progress toward that goal and believe that providing the FRV coverall to all afloat sailors will help reduce the risk of injury aboard ship. When worn properly, the FRV offers significant protection from flame and flash fire. We are committed to always improving safety.”
The U.S. Fleet Forces Command also reposted a June video of the latest FRV coveralls' burn test.