New ‘modern’ Royal Navy uniforms on trial

SMART Leading Electronics Technician Richard Lewis, Lt Thomas Gell and Lt Nadia Robertson
SMART Leading Electronics Technician Richard Lewis, Lt Thomas Gell and Lt Nadia Robertson

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ROYAL Navy sailors are sporting a new modernised combat outfit, in the first uniform update for two decades.

The dark blue kit, which has rank badges at the front rather than on the shoulders, is being trialled by the crew of Portsmouth-based HMS Daring on counter-piracy operations in the Arabian Gulf.

Known as the Number 4 dress, the new uniform replaces the Royal Navy’s traditional light blue outfit and is designed to be more versatile and adaptable to different weather conditions.

It is the first new uniform to be worn by Royal Navy sailors on operations for 20 years.

The kit has been designed with practicality in mind, with zip-up boots instead of laces and Velcro-fastening collars.

Lieutenant Commander Ben Hughes, HMS Daring’s Logistics Officer, said: ‘So far the reaction on board the ship has been very positive. It is a comfortable, practical uniform.’