January 11, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy is reviewing the suitability of its working uniforms after a test revealed how flammable they are.
In October, a test conducted by the Navy Clothing Textile Research Facility in Natick, Mass., showed the uniforms will burn until they're completely consumed.
The test results didn't surprise Navy leaders. The Navy removed the requirement for all sailors to wear flame resistant uniforms at sea in 1996. But many sailors were still upset about the test results.
On Friday, the commanders of U.S. Fleet Forces and U.S. Pacific Fleet sent a message to their commanders saying that two uniform working groups would review the issue.
The Navy says the primary consideration for both working groups is sailor safety. Navy officials hope to have the group's findings within a few weeks.
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