Royal Navy sailors who are the first to be kitted out in a new uniform to wear at sea have given their verdicts on the rig.
The ship’s company of Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster have the honour of being the first to wear the new working uniform.
It replaces the working rig which has been worn since the end of the Second World War.
Servicemen and women say the new uniform is easier to care for, more comfortable, better suited for different climates and represents the Royal Navy better.
Able Seaman Sam Scott, 21, said: ‘I’m quite pleased with the changes – it’s a lot easier to iron.
‘In the hotter climates you can strip back to just a T-shirt which is a lot more comfortable for those climates.
‘And there’s warmer gear to add on top in the cold weather.
‘There’s a lot more space to carry tools and things you require for your job.
‘They’ll definitely last into the future.’
The uniform was unveiled yesterday on board HMS Lancaster, which is due to set sail on a nine-month deployment soon.
Commander Peter Laughton, the ship’s commanding officer, said: ‘It’s a hugely exciting opportunity for HMS Lancaster because we are the first ship to wear this uniform.
‘What’s so great about this uniform is it’s comfortable which is going down really well.
‘It’s also fire retardant and adaptable which means we can add layers and take layers off to suit the climates we’re operating in.’
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 shoulder.