Navy Chief of Information Talks Navy Working Uniforms

Navy Chief of Information Talks Navy Working Uniforms


THE DIGITAL BLUE NAVY WORKING UNIFORM IS MADE
OF A 50/50 NYLON-COTTON BLEND THAT IS NOT FLAME RESISTANT. THE NAVY’S CHIEF OF INFORMATION,
REAR ADMIRAL JOHN KIRBY, EXPLAINS WHAT THE NAVY IS DOING ABOUT IT. “I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
AN ISSUE YOU MAY HAVE SEEN IN A NAVY TIMES STORY ONLINE ABOUT THE NAVY WORKING UNIFORM,
THE TYPE ONE UNIFORM. YOU MAY HAVE ALSO SEEN A MESSAGE FROM ADMIRAL GOURTNEY, THE FLEET
FORCES COMMANDER ABOUT THE SAME ISSUE. THE ISSUE IS THIS, THE UNIFORM TYPE ONE NAVY WORKING
UNIFORM IS NOT FLAME RESISTANT. NOW WE KNEW THIS AND HOPEFULLY YOU KNEW THIS. THERE’S
BEEN NO REQUIREMENT SINCE 1996 AS A MATTER OF FACT FOR THAT WORKING UNIFORM OR ANY WORKING
UNIFORM ABOARD SHIP TO BE FLAME RESISTANT BECAUSE WE KNOW WE ARE GOING TO ISSUE YOU
WHEN YOU GET ABOARD SHIP THE RIGHT ORGANIZATIONAL CLOTHING YOU’RE GOING TO NEED BASED ON WHERE
YOU’RE WORKING ABOARD THAT SHIP AND BASED ON YOUR FIREFIGHTING DUTIES FOR WHAT YOU NEED.
NOW, THIS TEST WAS DONE BACK IN OCTOBER, IT WAS AN IMPROMPTU TEST, NOT ONE THAT WE PLANNED
FOR BUT IT FOUND THAT IN FACT THAT THE UNIFORM IS NOT FLAME RESISTANT. IT ALSO FOUND THAT
IT BURNS ROBUSTLY TO COMPLETE CONSUMPTION AND THAT IT MELTS. THAT ALSO IS NOT A HUGE
SURPRISE BECAUSE IT IS A 50 PERCENT NYLON UNIFORM. NOW THE QUESTION IS, IS THE REQUIREMENT
RIGHT, THE REQUIREMENT THAT HAS EXISTED SINCE 1996 AND THAT’S WHAT ADMIRAL GOURTNEY AND
ADMIRAL HANEY WANT TO GO LOOK AND TRY TO FIND OUT. SO TOGETHER THEY HAVE AGREED THAT THEY
NEED TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT OUR REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKING UNIFORMS, DETERMINE THE BEST WAY
FORWARD AND THEY’RE GOING TO DO THAT. RIGHT NOW THERE’S NO CHANGE TO THE FLEET REQUIREMENT
FOR THE WORKING UNIFORM AT SEA. RIGHT NOW YOU CAN CONTINUE TO WEAR THAT UNIFORM, YOU
SHOULD CONTINUE TO WEAR THAT UNIFORM APPROPRIATELY AND AS THE MCPON LIKE TO REMIND US THE FOCUS
NEEDS TO BE ON WEARING IT SMARTLY AND RIGHTLY AND THAT’S WHERE WE GOING TO BE FOCUSED RIGHT
NOW. I GUARANTEE YOU THAT AS THINGS DEVELOP AND AS WE KNOW MORE WE’RE GOING TO BE IN TOUCH
WITH YOU JUST AS READILY AND JUST AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN TO KEEP YOU INFORMED.”

2 Replies to “Navy Chief of Information Talks Navy Working Uniforms”

  1. "Continue wearing it smartly and rightly"

    In other words, go fuck yourself, sailors. It's your fault for getting in the fire's way.

  2. Bullshit. EVERYBODY onboard ship is responsible for damage control and firefighting. Just because you're not in a repair locker does not mean it's not your ship to defend. Also, only folks in engineering are "issued" engineering coveralls. The rest just throw on engineering coveralls over their regular (non flame retardant) coveralls, below their FFE gear so that they can pass out before ever reaching the fire. Seriously, Navy, why not just get it right the first time?

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