Operating in harsh environments is status quo for our armed forces, and to keep the troops operating at peak efficiency, the military requires the most reliable and battle-tested equipment available. Riveer Clear Water Rinse technology is US Navy and US Army approved for use with military equipment because it has a proven track record of withstanding the elements and making sure that any equipment it washes will do the same.
Riveer has designed technology in conjunction with the US Military that can handle the driest desert conditions or the wettest ocean-side operations. Both sand and saltwater can have devastating corrosive effects on even the most sturdy pieces of military equipment, which is why Riveer has developed systems to eliminate both of these threats.
Corrosion: A Formative Foe
Corrosion is a pervasive enemy that degrades U.S. military vehicles, particularly aircraft. It occurs when salt, dirt, dust and other contaminate builds up on the outer surface of those vehicles. As they build up, all of those corrosive particles are hard at work, progressively wearing away at components, compromising the vehicle’s integrity.
The accumulation of some particulate matter and grime on military assets is a naturally occurring phenomenon and cannot be avoided. However, the destruction of equipment through corrosion can be stopped, and it must be stopped to ensure the safety of the servicemen and women in the military. The first line of defense against corrosive damage is Riveer’s Clear Water Rinse Technology.
The Damaging Effects of Corrosion
Government reports indicate that over the years, corrosion has been a significant fiscal drain on the U.S. Military, and by proxy, the American taxpayer. In 2001, an extensive study found that the overall corrosion-related cost for U.S. armed forces was $20 billion dollars annually. This is easily one of the most significant maintenance-related drains on the military.
A report by the Air Force Corrosion Prevention and Control Office (AFCPCO) states that the USAF alone spends $1.5 billion dollars annually on vehicles that are affected by corrosion. These figures translate into a serious economic problem, especially when one considers the valuable time and manpower spent repairing damages that could have been prevented in the first place by Clear Water Rinse Technology.
A great deal of the high-technology, high-cost equipment maintained by the military is used in environments that are associated with particularly high rates of corrosion. The rates of corrosion in these areas are amplified if the proper preventative measures are not taken. Saltwater in particular is known to have a harmful affect on any aircraft flying over or adjacent to large bodies of open water.
Corrosion does place a significant monetary burden on the U.S. Department of Defense, but much more importantly, the structural damage caused by corrosion jeopardizes the safety of those serving in the armed forces.
From 1989 to 2000, the U.S. Army experienced 46 mishaps, 9 fatalities, and 13 injuries tied directly to corrosion. Recently, 2,450 helicopters were found to not be mission ready due to corrosion-related faults, and Navy F-14 and F-18 planes experienced landing gear failures due to corroded struts. Vehicles grounded for repairs reduce the size and effectiveness of our armed forces.
In a report presented to Congress, the US General Accounting Office emphasized the importance of providing a solution to the hazards of corrosion:
“Because numerous advances in products and technologies have been found to enhance efforts to prevent and mitigate corrosion, it is critical that [the Department of Defense], as the steward of an enormous investment in military assets, ensure that all appropriate measures are implemented to reduce corrosion costs to the greatest extent possible.”
Riveer’s Clear Water Rinse Technology is the solution needed to stop the advance of corrosion. Clear Water Rinses are required for all aircraft exposed to salt-water environments in order to meet the requirements of USAF TO 1-1-691. This order states that all aircraft stationed within 1.25 miles of salt water should be rinsed every 15 days at a minimum, and that all aircraft flown at altitudes under 3000 feet over salt water should be rinsed after those flights.
Even when equipment is not exposed directly to a salt environment, corrosive particles will build up, and those particles can be effectively controlled between scheduled wash cycles by Clear Water Rinse technology.
Riveer technology not only keeps equipment clean, it helps our troops safe. Clear Water Rinsing is proven to effectively remove the salt, sand and other contaminates that are most harmful to military equipment. Clear Water Rinsing is the first line of corrosion prevention.