Navy announces end of blue camouflage uniform
The Navy is mothballing the unpopular digital-blue camouflage uniform sailors must wear while working ashore.
Starting Oct. 1, sailors can begin wearing a green camouflage uniform formally known as NWU Type III.
The blue uniform, known as Type I, was phased in July 2010 as the Navy’s only authorized work uniform. But the clothing was widely panned by sailors as uncomfortable and heavy, and found to be unsafe near fire.
Complaints appear to have been a driving force behind the switch. Sailors around the world brought up the topic with top Navy officials, including the chief naval officer, Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus said in a statement.
“They want uniforms that are comfortable, lightweight, breathable ... and they want fewer of them,” he said. “We have heard the feedback and we are acting on it.”
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