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Bedbugs found on US Navy submarine USS Connecticut

March 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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BREMERTON, Wash. (Dec. 15, 2016) - The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) departs Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for sea trials following a maintenance availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Thiep Van Nguyen II/released)

A complaint was first filed in December after crew members reported bedbugs onboard while the submarine was moored at Naval Base Kitsap- Bremerton in Washington, but entomologists couldn't find the infestation until nearly a month later. Mattresses were replaced and all floors and linens received full chemical treatment to eradicate the bedbugs.

(CNN)The USS Connecticut, one of the most elite submarines in the US Navy, was infested with bedbugs, and some crew members chose to sleep in their cars.

A complaint was first filed in December after crew members reported bedbugs onboard while the submarine was moored at Naval Base Kitsap- Bremerton in Washington, but entomologists couldn't find the infestation until nearly a month later.

Mattresses were replaced and all floors and linens received full chemical treatment to eradicate the bedbugs.

Chief Amanda Gray, deputy public affairs officer of the Navy Pacific Fleet's submarine force, told CNN that as soon as crew members brought the complaint of bedbugs to Navy leadership, a team of preventive medicine technicians was called from Naval Hospital Bremerton to search the submarine.

They have to confirm that that's really the issue (bedbugs) before they actually start tackling it," said Gray.

Once the bedbugs were identified, work began to chemically treat all infected surfaces on the submarine.

Gray confirmed to CNN that temporary berthing was set up nearby for sailors while the submarine underwent chemical treatment.

No health issues were reported by sailors on board during the bedbug infestation, except for a "couple bites here and there," said Gray.

Daily inspections continue onboard the submarine to ensure the space stays bedbug-free, including proper laundering of all linens.

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