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Kicker - Bed bugs at sea

WORLD Radio - Kicker - Bed bugs at sea


NICK EICHER, HOST: A formidable foe recently infiltrated a $6 billion U.S. Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine and forced sailors to evacuate.

They began reporting evidence of the infiltration back in December. It took months, but Navy experts finally identified the adversary. Turns out, the enemy intruders were bed bugs.

In the fight against the insects, sailors moved to sleeping arrangements on dry land at the Naval Base where the U.S.S. Connecticut is moored.

This is not the Connecticut’s first encounter with enemy wildlife. Back in 2003, a polar bear attacked the submarine, chewing on the rudder after she popped through polar ice.

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