Navy Praises Blue Digital Uniforms After Two Sailors Lost At Sea Paul August 13, 2012 Navy 66 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: SAN DIEGO, CA – In an announcement today at Naval Base San Diego, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) remarked that he was extremely proud of the “versatility and usefulness of the Navy Working Uniform (NWU).” The uniform, which resembles the Marines’ desert and green colored digital MARPAT design, was introduced in 2008 amid controversy over its necessity for naval personnel. “What the hell are we going to blend into with a blue camouflage pattern?” asked CT2 Brian Nathan, a sailor aboard the USS Makin Island. “I mean seriously — we’re in the Navy for chrissakes. We’re not pulling ninja moves on al Qaeda in the ocean.” Despite sailor gripes over the change, the NWU was added to the long list of required clothing items — now estimated between 48 and 64 different uniforms. “If they add any more fucking uniforms, I may have to sleep on the floor so there’s room in the coffin rack for the 3 seabags I need,” said HN Benjamin Rodriquez, a Corpsman who also has the honor of buying Navy and Marine Corps uniforms, bringing his total closer to 100. Admiral Cecil D. Haney said that despite a few hiccups, sailors liked the uniform, saying that it was able to withstand more wear and tear as well as cover what some call BOSNIA, or Big Ol’ Standard Navy Issue Ass. “This is the best working uniform we’ve ever had. There’s no question,” said Haney. “Sailors are able to work in a comfortable and durable uniform — and there’s also the benefit of camouflage protection from enemy observation.” Haney continued to stress the importance of camoflauging Naval personnel at sea, even after a reporter asked “why that matters when they’re on a huge fucking gray ship.” “Listen, this isn’t just me talking here. We have real data from our boys deployed right now,” said Haney. “In fact, we had two sailors go overboard just the other day off the USS Bonhomme Richard, and no one could spot them in the water. This design is fantastic!” When pressed for more information on the two sailors lost at sea, the Admiral shrugged off any criticism. “I’m sure they’re fine. I mean come on, we’ve got swim qual[ification]!” remarked Haney. “And not only that, these bad boys [the NWU trousers] can be used as a flotation device.” Tragically, TDB learned that during a rescue attempt, the two sailors were shot after being mistaken as an enemy boarding party by Captain Erik King of the USS Haditha. TR Strunk says: May 20, 2014 at 8:24 AM Well you can say one thing about these uniforms. If you go overboard they will help hide you from search and rescue who are trying to find you. Yep. Good move. I mean really if anything sailors should be in the same either desert or green uniforms as everyone else. The only time they would need camo is when they are on shore in a war zone which sailors except for SEABEES would never know when that was going to be. But really, why not bright orange or something in that nature so if you do go over board it’s actually easier to find you then harder. Larry Brown says: April 16, 2014 at 3:09 AM There is no good reason for shipboard personnel to wear camo, and even if there was a legitimate reason haze grey would make more sense than blue. I’m glad I never had to wear that. Joseph J. Olivares says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM The two individuals who provided quotes for this article definitely need to be talked to by their CoC. Stephanie Coons says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM wooo! Reid Copeland says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM All I can say is I’m glad I don’t have to wear or buy them. Bryan Alejandrez says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM Navy’s OFP uniform.. Linda Koop Simon says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM There is some seriously funny stuff on here….I did 20 so I can really relate and appreciate it RWS FTCS USN [ret}. Joseph J. Bondi says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM I joined the Navy in 2005 so I had the pleasure of a navy sea bag, then I was a green side corpsman, with Marine regs, that’s 2more sea bags, and then I got the NWU’s at my reserve cntr last year, one more sea bag, litterally 25 uniforms each with there own regs! that was a bitch! Renee Fourman says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM swim qualifications doesn’t mean you can swim…it means you will mostly likely make it to hour two while being out in the ocean…is this shit real? Zach Crandall says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM Oh Navy, you so silly. William Freeman says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM I made my own camo uniform out of dungarees splattered with deck gray paint. I looked just like a watertight door. James R Neaves says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM I am very happy to have left the Navy before the complete morons took over. There were plenty between 1963 and 1969. But the ones today have gone “overboard.” Pardon the pun. Kelly Jernigan says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM They are especially effective on a submarine, at sea. Submerged. Mike Harris says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM It is rumored that wearers of this aqua- flauge are blessed by posiedon himself. Upon falling overboard by accident when Marines are around the wearer becomes one with the ocean……i lost my train of thought. Mohammed Mohsen Shaker says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM During the rescue attempt, The two sailors were shot after being mistaken as enemy boarding party LOL I laughed likr an idiot in public. Donald Miner says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM BWAHAHAHAHA! This article is freaking hilarious! Well done Duffel Blog. Erin Busic says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM Love the articles, keep em coming! 48-64 uniforms! priceless! Stephen Edward says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM First time here, I thought I was reading ‘The Onion’! Steven Bradford says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM “and no one could spot them in the water. This design is fantastic!” “im sure thy’re fine” nice to see they care bout the uniforms.. Michael Hasbun says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM BOSNIA, or Big Ol’ Standard Navy Issue Ass…. that is epic. Gregory J McNabb says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM the Duffle Bag is pretty damn funny. Nate King says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM THIS! is real life… Don Langman says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM This is a funny article…the two sailors who fell overboard then shot due to being mistaken as an enemy boarding party…What the HELL? Protecting our Sailors at sea from the Enemy? Wow….. Allison Meyers says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM I am looking forward to the Hubs getting back from deployment even more than usual now -which is saying something- just so I can show him this. Thanks to who ever wrote this (Paul)… it literally made my day. ^.^ Zdenko Buzz Muller says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM Thank God for the swim qualification! Richard Hubbard says: January 3, 2014 at 1:39 AM BOSNIA! But the Admiral has a point. Have any of you seen a submariner on patrol? See! The camo works! Mike Mercer says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM Damn, I was told that this uniform turns day-glo orange and green on contact with sea water. Did they intentionally try to stymie my fears? Mike Mercer says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM I asked about this and was re-assured that the uniform turns to day-glo orange and day-glo gree on contact with sea water. Did they intentionally try to quiet my fears. Josh Totherow says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM How do they seriously fuck up that bad and shoot them Bruce Crocker says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM Shot? What the hell is up with that! Is admiral Haney a prime example of leadership in our navy? damn glad I am retired. Jason Royal says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM We should all have the same uniform. A multicam with different branch of service listed on them…and Navy can fo back to jean dungarees and light blue shirts. Jonn Lilyea says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM Navy chicks look real good in them. And isn’t that all that really matters? Eric Rex Petersen says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM Bwhahahaha! Mary Cryan says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM I’m not in the service, but I do work with Ship’s Force every day in the shipyard, and I’ve got a concern – if the digital blue is supposed to be camouflage and thus be less conspicuous, wouldn’t a mix of grey, Mare Island green and stainless be a better pattern? The digital blue stands out like a sore thumb, I would think blending in like a sailor EB Green’d into the overhead would be better? Josh Noble says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM I know I camouflage very well against the marbled blue floors. I was laying down for three hours and nobody found me until sweepers when the guys cleaning the space decided to nap on top of me. James Marlon says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM Do you remember that football feild sized pool called swim qual., well if look left while on top the diving platform youll notice a smaller pool in the corner… That pool produces the guys who got bin ladin. We can tell u jus got in to get paid. James Marlon says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM Some ppl are so stupid. Even some in the service.. DUDE YOU A A CRYPTO TECH. YOU DONT EVEN COME TOPSIDE SON, SO HELL NAW YOU DONT NEED A BDU/WORKIN BLU, SOME OF US DID REAL JOBS IN THE NAVY. SOME OF US ACTUALLY BOOTS ON THE GROUND, SHIPMATE LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU JOINED, WE ARE COMBAT ORIENTED. SHIT BAG Micky Stump Romack says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM BOSNIA, or Big Ol’ Standard Navy Issue Ass. Greg Sullivan says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM While I find the story funny. We seem to forget we’ve been wearing blue coveralls for years along with colored float coats. Neither of those have gone away. I bet people in Dungs or Utilities blended in pretty damn with the ocean too. The blue cammie argument is stupid. Marcus Wilbanks says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM Sleeping on the deck because he couldn’t close his pit locker…. This definitely sounds like something a bitch’n Sailor would say. I’m glad I retired before this became the uniform of the day. Funny spoof of a uniform that just doesn’t seem to me to belong in US Navy. Michael F. Kline says: January 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM Excellent article! Bill Daly says: October 24, 2012 at 2:09 PM They look stupid, and the chiefs don’t like them, because they prefer OTUs. Bring back the dungarees! Shannan says: September 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM I’ve been calling them “suicide cammies” since they came out. Stupidest idea to come out of the brass hats, that’s for sure. eaglepop says: September 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM I made a mistake by reading this during lunch. Do you have any idea how much it hurts to blow hot Ramen noodles out your nose? Sparkey says: September 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM No, but I’m guessing it’s as bad as the onions from my cheeseburger. Carolyn says: August 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM Ok uniforms aside what happened to the 2 sailors that went overboard did the really get shot by another Navy ship???? Chris says: August 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM lol RobSanDiego says: August 20, 2012 at 3:31 PM Getting rid of the dungarees was a big mistake, especially the denim bell-bottoms. Anyone who’s seen South Pacific knows that’s what a sailor really looks like, who wants to see a bunch of guys in blue camo dancing around? You won’t be able to see the moves, there’s not enough contrast to see the kicks and turns, the bell-bottoms really enhanced that. Now they’ll just blend into the ocean background. Thanks to this stupid uniform, we won’t be seeing any more musicals with sailors singing and dancing while they work, just like it is in real life! Sean says: August 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM The funny part is reading the subtle USMC asshurt about the Navy going digital. The Marines actually licensed MARPAT from CADPAT…that’s right, the CANADIANS came up with this first. It explains why every Marine in Camo (desert AND woodland) looks almost exactly like a Canadian soldier. CPT 2003 says: August 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM Hey – I reserved the right to get lost with impunity – that’s why I always kept a good junior NCO nearby as a driver – they can orienteer with the best of em . . . Oh – don’t forget the map and compass (which we no longer teach young officers to use) – over reliance on technology is the bane of my existence! General Specific says: August 14, 2012 at 4:15 AM Well, I suppose if they all go up on deck and lay down, the ship won’t be seen from above! dm says: August 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM That’s brilliant! THIS kind of thinking is why we will all the wars! Army Wife (P) says: August 14, 2012 at 2:47 AM A true camoflauge uniform for the navy would be gunship grey with a huge black porthole right in the middle of it so that when the sailor stands still they look like part of the ship. Dressing them in silly ass blue camo makes them look like wannabe retards, and camoflauges them against nothing at all. Smurf looking duschbags. Sorry you guys are victims of general officer bullsit. Please feel free to borrow our gay ass berets. RipWaxmaster says: August 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM It could have been far, far worse: http://www.specopstactical.com/images/5997_SAVAGEORANGE_CAMO_TSHIRT.jpg Paul says: August 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM I think that should be the camo for all Privates and 2LT’s for finding them easier when they get lost. Wzrd1 says: August 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM Why would you WANT to find them? Privates need to learn to find their way around. Getting lost helps teach them. And things work so much more smoothly without a butter bar tripping over things. Hell, I used to make sure our butter bar got a brand spanking new map first thing! That way, he was inclined to quickly get lost and stay out of the way. Reaper06 says: October 27, 2012 at 3:33 AM I’m sure this has already been pointed out, but the only ” privates ” in the USN can’t be seen whilst in uniform. Duh! RipWaxmaster says: August 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM @Paul – Scuttlebutt is that the Army will be implementing a new system wherein the Pvt./2LT are tethered to a hi-visibility weather balloon before being released into the wild. The USMC is taking a more proactive route, stating that privates and butter bars are “a dime a dozen goddammit”. The Idaho Nat’l Guard is taking the Army’s plan a step further: in addition to the weather balloon, outfit them with a helmet-mounted system that automatically detects when they are lost. When triggered, the system launches an illumination flare every few minutes. USFS and BLM offices in Idaho have increased their wildland fire-fighting budgets in anticipation of the increased probability of wildland fires (in particular, the McCall smokejumpers have expanded their ranks and acquired four new transport planes). Army commands in Utah, Nevada and California have expressed acute interest in the new system. SecretSquid says: September 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM Excuse me. That’s HAZE grey, sweetheart. And it’s FLAG officer BS. Yes, they ARE the stupidist uniforms in the history of the Naval Service. All I can say is the stupid Chinese thought of them first. And you can keep your gay berets, thank you. That is all. Reaper06 says: October 27, 2012 at 3:36 AM Why do you think they call it the poop deck? Hmmm… CS says: October 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM *douchebags. The Army sucks dude. Berets? Lame. dwadafam says: August 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM Blueberry pajamas Major Major Major says: August 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM Blu Man Group!