You might remember that back in January Soldier Systems Daily ran a story outlining the US Navy’s further plans with regards to the issuing of camouflage uniforms to its personnel.Just to re-cap, this outlined the Navy’s set-up as follows;
- Navy Working Uniform Type I – the standard Navy utility uniform in the blue-grey coloured version of CADPAT/MARPAT: authorised for wear by all Navy personnel currently authorised to wear it.
- Navy Working Uniform Type II – the standard Navy utility uniform in the desert coloured version of CADPAT/MARPAT/AOR camo (aka, AOR1) with the ACE logo embedded in the camouflage pattern: authorised for wear ONLY BY NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE units. The 3-color DCU will be retained for wear by everybody else.
- Navy Working Uniform Type III – the standard Navy utility uniform in the woodland coloured version of CADPAT/MARPAT/AOR camo (aka, AOR2) with the ACE logo embedded in the camouflage pattern: authorised for wear by all Navy personnel currently authorised to wear woodland camouflage BDUs.
*Updated section* And just to make things more interesting – or at least different – the Type III pattern not only has the ACE logo embedded, but the pattern has also been rotated 90 degrees to have a vertical orientation. I still haven’t seen or heard any explanation as to why they rotated the pattern – in fact, many camouflage experts say it will make actually the pattern less effective.At any rate, some clear high-quality photographs of the Type III uniform recently surfaced (no pun intended). Enjoy!Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West holds an all-hands call with Sailors and Marines. West is wearing the Navy Working Uniform type III during the conformance test phase. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/Released)