Friday, January 3, 2014

USS Ronald Reagan sailors stricken with radiation illnesses

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) was deployed to Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The aircraft carrier, stationed near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, provided several months of aid to the area. The service members were unknowingly exposed to radiation from seawater that went through a desalination process and was used for drinking, cooking, and bathing. A total of 51 US Navy personnel who served aboard the USS Ronald Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard.

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