Story Number: NNS140128-18Release Date: 1/28/2014 8:56:00 PM
By Melinda Larson, Naval Air Station Lemoore Public Affairs
LEMOORE, Calif. (NNS) -- Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific (CSFWP) Sailors had the opportunity Jan. 27 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif., to have a first-hand look at the new flame resistant variant (FRV) coverall that is scheduled to be distributed to fleet units by the end of 2014.
Senior enlisted leadership from CSFWP presented the uniform and posters describing the uniform to Sailors in various hangars at NAS Lemoore.
"We want to make sure you have an opportunity to see and feel the coveralls and understand how to wear it," said CSFWP Command Master Chris Eastridge, to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 Sailors.
Eastridge and senior enlisted from each of CSFWP's 16 squadrons will introduce the FRV coverall to approximately 2,000 enlisted men and women.
The uniform will be issued by commands as organizational clothing primarily for use underway. When worn with correct battle dress, the FRV provides Sailors with increased levels of protection against a variety of flame and flash fire hazards associated with shipboard operating conditions.
"It is not designed to serve as a firefighting ensemble," said Eastridge. "The FRV is for general shipboard use to shield you against a variety of flame and flash fire hazards associated with shipboard operating conditions."
The FRV coverall became a reality after a risk assessment of clothing available to Sailors afloat justified an improved level of safety, according to a coordinated Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces and Commander, Pacific Fleet message introducing the FRV coverall.
"This coverall is comfortable, fits well and it feels the same as the current working coverall," said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Martin Vories, the Sailor assigned to Carrier Air Wing 9 who was chosen to model the FRV coverall for CSFWP Sailors.
Once a unit is outfitted with FRV coveralls, the NWU type I and other polyester and poly blend uniforms will only be authorized for wear underway during special events such as manning the rails, change of commands, or receptions held at anchor.
For more information about the FRV coverall, see COMUSFLTFORCOM DTG P241800Z OCT 13.
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