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More camo news! US Navy Working Uniform III

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)

13 Comments

  1. Navy Type III looks a bit like the camouflage on the film Avatar by James Cameron. It is definately vertical.

  2. “…they rotated the pattern – in fact, many camouflage experts say it will make actually the pattern less effective.”Indeed, one can often read that horizontal patterns are superior in effectiveness – which completely contradicts my personal experience. At least when it is about the ability to blend to the background while not moving, in most natural surroundings, vertical patterns imo seem to work much better – which is why I never trusted tigerstripe, even as a boy. Still, I must admit I am not familiar with the theory of breaking the outlines of moving objects. Can anyone elaborate on that? Thanks!

  3. Nice to see the Navy which has ships on WATER have more cammo options than the Army. WTF? Still stuck with this BS ACU!

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  5. At this point, it’s starting to sound like other services are trying to come back to the basic underlying camouflage the Marines adopted without openly admitting, “Yeah, they got it right the first time.”Except that people’s lives are at stake, the absurdity of this whole thing has reached Monty Python-like levels.

  6. All the AOR2 fabric I’ve seen has been labeled “VERT AOR2″. All the DG3 fabric has also been printed in the same vertical layout.

    • It seems nonetheless that this vertical orientation is a recent change (hence the “VERT AOR”” label?) made for the official adoption of the NWU Type III uniform. Previously, all the information and photos that surfaced showed it in the same horizontal orientation as MARPAT.

      • Actually the fabric wasn’t recent production, it’s all a couple years old. So far all the DG3 /AOR2 I’ve seen has been printed in a vertical layout while the DG2/AOR1 has been the traditional horizontal.

  7. Have to agree with TTe. I’ve only seen AOR2 (NWU III) in a vertical pattern.It can be seen to have a vertical pattern here clearly, from the Camo Assessment Team in Afghanistan Oct ’09http://www.flickr.com/photos/peosoldier/4203122993/sizes/o/in/set-72157621946931904/

  8. I’ve seen photos of AOR2 only in vertical.

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