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Five sailors report health concerns after jet fuel contaminates drinking water on warship USS Nimitz

5 sailors are sickened after water tanks aboard USS Nimitz had been contaminated with JET FUEL: Emergency process to flush out water provide fails inside days

  • Sailors have suffered acid reflux disorder and different diseases feared to be linked to the contaminated water
  • Try and flush out the system failed, and additional traces of jet gas had been detected in similar provide simply days later
  • Sailors say all the vessel – which is 47 years outdated – now reeks of the gas  

5 sailors on USS Nimitz reported experiencing acid reflux disorder and different diseases after the plane service’s water system grew to become contaminated with jet gas, Navy officers have confirmed.

Naval workers aboard the service are telling crew members to ‘report back to medical instantly in the event that they exhibit any sickness’ that may have been attributable to the water mentioned Navy spokesperson Commander Sean Robertson.

Disgruntled sailors took to social media to share photos of the murky ingesting water they had been being equipped on the ship.

It was compelled to return from from a cruise within the Pacific Ocean and has now been docked at its dwelling port in San Diego pending an investigation. 

‘Many of the water sources on the ship nonetheless reek of JP5, not to mention have the robust style. Most of our showers haven’t gotten rid of the odor,’ mentioned one.

Sailors additionally reported feeling sick, nauseous, lightheaded and very weak after showering, reported a weblog compiling accounts from crew.

Whereas the ingesting water system was down merchandising machines promoting bottled water offered out and personnel needed to depend on associates to make water deliveries to the ship.

USS Nimitz was launched in 1972 and is among the largest nuclear powered warships on this planet. On September 16 JP-5 jet gas contaminated the ship’s ingesting water system

USS Nimitz was forced to return to San Diego during a 'pre-deployment' cruise in the Pacific after jet fuel contaminated the ships drinking water system

USS Nimitz was compelled to return to San Diego throughout a ‘pre-deployment’ cruise within the Pacific after jet gas contaminated the ships ingesting water system


USS Nimitz water contamination timeline 

September 16 – USS Nimitz workers uncover aviation gas in water system throughout a pre-deployment cruise within the Pacific Ocean

September 17 – The ship returns to San Diego and workers flush the its ingesting water system

September 19 – Consuming water is restored on the ship after a ‘thorough flush and inspection’ that finds no detectable quantities of gas

September 21 – A few days later Navy officers reported that the ship’s potable water system ‘yielded detectable traces of hydrocarbons’

September 27 – The Navy confirms that gas remains to be being discovered within the water system regardless of the flush however there have been no ‘confirmed’ instances of sickness

September 29 – 5 crew members elevate well being issues to medical workers, the Navy confirmed

The Navy mentioned that the gas, generally known as jet propellant-5 (JP5), was first reported on September 16 inflicting crew’s ingesting water provide to be reduce for 3 days.

Regardless of indications within the following days that the water system had been flushed, points continued, and additional traces of jet gas had been present in the identical water provide.

Officers are actually investigating the reason for the leak.

In an electronic mail to Navy Occasions on Thursday Robertson mentioned: ‘The supply of the jet propellant-5 (JP-5) contamination has been recognized and remoted to one of many 26 potable water tanks on board.’

Little is thought concerning the results of ingesting jet fuels however ‘dangerous results on the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and nervous system’ are potential in line with the Company for Poisonous Substances and Illness Registry, a federal public well being company

‘The contaminated tank has been remoted from the potable water system. As an added precaution, three different close by tanks have additionally been remoted from the potable water system,’ mentioned Navy officers in an announcement.

Of the 5 sailors that reported illness the Navy mentioned that one was experiencing acid reflux disorder attributable to ingesting contaminated water aboard the ship. The Navy mentioned that the opposite 4 crew had been ‘cleared’ however the particulars will not be recognized.

Launched in 1972 USS Nimitz is among the largest warships on this planet with a crew of round 5,000. Her most up-to-date deployment lasted 11 months and was accomplished in February 2021.

The current contamination of the ship’s ingesting water was first reported throughout a ‘pre-deployment cruise’ within the Pacific off the coast of southern California. The service was swiftly returned to its homeport NAS North Island in San Diego, the place it stays now.

The ship has been hooked as much as a San Diego water provide since September 17.

The plane was anticipated to finish coaching for a worldwide deployment later this yr however the water contamination has delayed that, the Navy has confirmed.


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