ATMOSPHERIC CONTAMINATION IN USS TECUMSEH
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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A high percentage of the personnel of USS TECUMSEH Blue became ill after about 30 days submergence during the ships first patrol. In many cases symptons were quite severe. The characteristics of the illnesses strongly implicated a toxic agent rather than infection as the cause. Study of atmosphere samples and related information indicated that the illness was related to the high content of chlorinated hydrocarbons in the atmosphere. Although the specific toxicant has not been identified, two of the most likely suspects are dichloroacetylene and vinylidene chloride. There is also the possibility of the combined effect of a number of halogenated compounds. Elimination of chlorinated compounds in nuclear submarines should be an immediate goal.
- Submarine Engineering