NORFOLK-Sailors aboard USS Bataan Wednesday were the first to receive the new flame resistant variant coveralls.
The Navy says they'll make shipboard environments safer for sailors.
The decision to issue them to all sailors afloat was made following a study by the Organizational Clothing Working Group in August 2013. Until now, flame resistant clothing was limited to sailors working in engineering departments, on flight decks and in other high-risk areas.
'We made the decision to supply flame-resistant coveralls to all Sailors assigned to ships as an added safety precaution,' said Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said in August. 'Sailors at sea operate in an environment with inherent risks. We are always looking for ways to mitigate those risks.'
The FRV coverall combines the existing blue utility coverall design with the flame-resistant fabric of the repair locker coverall. The coveralls are expected to maintain performance properties, durability and appearance for typical deployments of six to nine months, with an optimal wear life of 18-24 months.
In August, the Navy said the new coveralls would cost about $50.24 each. The cost to research and issue the new FRV coverall was about $12 million, the Navy stated.