New Navy uniform rolled out in Sydney, to be nationwide by end of year

By Anna Macdonald

May 16, 2022

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The Navy says its new uniform brings the service in line with the other arms of the Australian Defence Force. (Defence)

Having already been rolled out in Darwin, Cairns, and Western Australia, the Royal Australian Navy’s new uniforms have commenced use in Sydney.

The full adoption of the maritime multi-patterned uniform is anticipated to be complete at the end of this year, with director-general Navy Logistics Nathan Robb noting in a video it brings the uniform in line with the other arms of the defence force. 

Two versions exist, including a shoreside version and a flame-retardant version. 

“The uniform change was necessary to make sure that our people are supported. Our people are the key to our capability and we need to make sure that the uniforms they have are fit for purpose, safe, and well wearing for all the environments that we operate in,” Robb said. 

The Navy has nodded to the contribution of Australian industry in the creation of the uniform, thanking Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) for its role in its development. 

“The result is a complete Australian solution, designed in-house at ADA in Victoria incorporating the latest research and development approaches to better solve things like the fire-retardant properties required for the at-sea version of the uniform,” ADA Australian industry capability manager David Frith as quoted in a post by commander Emily Curtis


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