Sailors sickened after water aboard USS Nimitz contaminated with JET FUEL

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A shocking and exclusive story from a new website for citizen journalism exposed dangerous water conditions on the US Navy’s aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz, in their potable water system, which continues to show traces of jet fuel despite indications last week that the system was flushed and restored.

USS Nimitz is an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, and the lead ship of her class. One of the largest warships in the world. Construction of the carrier started in 1968 and was launched May 13, 1972.

The story about the water troubles first appeared days ago, with eyewitness accounts of the details, on The Ronald, a new website that was featured last week on Republic Brief and the War Room with Steve Bannon.

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The update was picked up by the media, who reported about the sailors who were sickened by the water.

“Sailors say the entire vessel – which is 47 years old – now reeks of the fuel,” Neirin Gray Desai reported for the Daily Mail, adding:

“Five sailors on USS Nimitz reported experiencing acid reflux and other illnesses after the aircraft carrier’s water system became contaminated with jet fuel, Navy officials have confirmed.

Naval staff aboard the carrier are telling crew members to ‘report to medical immediately if they exhibit any illness’ that might have been caused by the water said Navy spokesperson Commander Sean Robertson.

Disgruntled sailors took to social media to share images of the murky drinking water they were being supplied on the ship.

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

Desai reported more details, referring to the social media posts:

On September 22 a sailor attempted to clean their coffee pot several times but foam kept forming on the top. Another sailor shared a photo of the contaminated water captured on September 19.

‘Most of the water sources on the ship still reek of JP5, let alone have the strong taste. Most of our showers haven’t gotten rid of the smell,’ said one.

Sailors also reported feeling sick, nauseous, lightheaded and extremely weak after showering, reported a blog compiling accounts from crew.

The Navy said that the fuel, known as jet propellant-5 (JP5), was first reported on September 16, causing crew’s drinking water supply to be cut for three days.

According to the Navy, this is the USS Nimitz water contamination timeline:

September 16 – USS Nimitz staff discover aviation fuel in the water system during a pre-deployment cruise in the Pacific Ocean

September 17 – The ship returns to San Diego and staff flush the its drinking water system

September 19 – Drinking water is restored on the ship after a ‘thorough flush and inspection’ that finds no detectable amounts of fuel

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

September 27 – The Navy confirms that fuel is still being found in the water system despite the flush but there were no ‘confirmed’ cases of illness

September 29 – Five crew members raise health concerns to medical staff, the Navy confirmed

Despite indications in the following days that the water system had been flushed, issues persisted, and further traces of jet fuel were found in the same water supply.

Officials are now investigating the cause of the leak.

In an email to Navy Times on Thursday Robertson said: ‘The source of the jet propellant-5 (JP-5) contamination has been identified and isolated to one of the 26 potable water tanks on board.’

Little is known about the effects of ingesting jet fuels but ‘harmful effects on the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and nervous system’ are possible according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a federal public health agency

‘The contaminated tank has been isolated from the potable water system. As an added precaution, three other nearby tanks have also been isolated from the potable water system,’ said Navy officials in a statement.

Of the five sailors that reported sickness, the Navy said that one was experiencing acid reflux caused by drinking contaminated water aboard the ship. The Navy said that the other four crew had been ‘cleared’ but the details are not known.

Launched in 1972 USS Nimitz is one of the largest warships in the world with a crew of around 5,000. Her most recent deployment lasted 11 months and was completed in February 2021.

The recent contamination of the ship’s drinking water was first reported during a ‘pre-deployment cruise’ in the Pacific off the coast of southern California. The carrier was swiftly returned to its homeport NAS North Island in San Diego, where it remains now.

The ship has been hooked up to a San Diego water supply since September 17.

The aircraft was expected to complete training for a global deployment later this year but the water contamination has delayed that, the Navy has confirmed.

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