Wicker discusses T-45 oxygen issue with nominee

Source: Sen. Roger Wicker's Office
Source: Sen. Roger Wicker's Office(WTOK)
Published: Jul. 11, 2017 at 6:01 PM CDT
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Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker met Tuesday with President Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Navy.

Wicker, who chairs the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, said he received a favorable response from Richard Spencer regarding his proposal to help find a solution to the hypoxia-related episodes occurring in T-45 training jets.

Physiological episodes occur when pilots experience a loss of oxygen, breathe contaminated oxygen, or undergo cockpit decompression. The T-45 jets are flown at Meridian Naval Air Station and two other bases.

There has been an increase in physiological episodes reported by pilots. Wicker authored a provision in this year’s defense authorization bill to help military officials identify the cause of these episodes, which have been experienced by Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps pilots.

Spencer responded by saying that he was excited “that those tools and authority would be available to [them].”

Earlier this year, Wicker was briefed by senior Navy officials, instructor pilots, and students at NAS Meridian to discuss these safety issues.