Royal Navy unveils new uniform

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SAILORS in Portsmouth have today unveiled the Royal Navy’s first new uniform for 70 years.

The ship’s company of HMS Lancaster have the honour of being the first to wear the new action working dress as they head off on a nine-month deployment this week.

Infographic by MoD

Infographic by MoD

It replaces the previous uniform - a light blue shirt and trousers - which has been worn since the Second World War.

The new working rig is dark blue all over and is designed in layers to offer better protection from the different conditions Royal Navy sailors work in today.

Epaulettes have been moved from the shoulders to a single rank slide on the front of the jacket and the White Ensign is stitched on to the the shoulder.

Sailors say the new uniform is lighter and easier to care for than the old one.

Able Seaman Sam Scott, left, and Leading Engineering Technician Christopher Elliott wear the Royal Navy's new uniforms on board HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth All pictures: LA(Phot) Des Wade

Able Seaman Sam Scott, left, and Leading Engineering Technician Christopher Elliott wear the Royal Navy's new uniforms on board HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth All pictures: LA(Phot) Des Wade

Leading Engineering Technician Christopher Elliott, 25, from Paulsgrove, said: ‘It is a lot lighter than the old one and I think it will be a lot more comfortable when we are working.

‘It’s more modern and easier to wear and the way it has been designed is a lot better for what we need on board the ship.’