Flame resistant variant (FRV) coveralls will be issued to the crews of all Navy submarines in 2015, beginning with USS Montpelier (SSN 765), which was selected to wear test the uniform prior to distribution across the submarine force. FRV coveralls will be issued and managed as organizational clothing to all personnel on submarines to mitigate the risk of fire-related injuries. The new 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. Because the FRV coveralls are not a uniform, they are not authorized for use ashore. The current poly/cotton utility coverall will no longer be authorized for wear underway once the crew is issued the FRV coverall. The exact transition date for each submarine is to be determined by the commanding officer based on the ship's operational schedule.
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