The U.S. Navy’s standard-issue blue camouflage uniforms are highly flammable, according to a recent Navy test, and will melt onto the skin when burning. But that’s not news to Navy brass.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that Navy officials released findings of a test in December indicating that its working uniforms are not designated flame-resistant and will burn “robustly until completely consumed” when subjected to flame – unlike the Army and the Marine Corps.
“We knew when we designed this uniform that it wasn’t flame-resistant,” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy’s top spokesman. “When we were making the uniform, sailors wanted a uniform that was comfortable, that didn’t require maintenance and would stand up under a lot of washing, and one of the ways to get that is a nylon-cotton blend.”
Kirby said there was no requirement for a fire-resistant uniform in a working environment.
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