New Navy Type II and Type III Navy Working Uniform

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WASHINGTON (NNS) — Two new Navy Working Uniforms (NWU) will hit the fleet in fiscal year 2011.

The first, NWU Type II, a desert digital camouflage uniform of four colors with the anchor, Constitution and eagle (ACE) logo embedded in the print, will be worn by special warfare operators and Sailors who support them during deployment and deployment training exercises.

“The desert camouflage uniform is not going away,” said Capt. Vince Drouillard, branch head within Navy’s personnel, plans and policy division. “Sailors, other than Navy special warfare operators and supporting Sailors, will continue to wear the current tricolor desert camouflage utility uniform in desert environments when issued by authorizing commands.”

The second, NWU Type III, is a woodland digital camouflage uniform which also has four colors and the ACE logo embedded in the print. It will be the standard camouflage uniform worn in non-desert environments and stateside.

Both uniforms, announced in NAVADMIN 374/09, are organizational clothing provided to Sailors by commands authorized to issue them.

The unisex uniforms will begin conformance testing to validate design, fit and wear later in fiscal year 2010. Fleet implementation is expected to begin in late 2011 with deploying combat and direct command support commands and units receiving priority in the distribution process.

Both new uniforms have an authorized matching pattern Gortex parka with a removable fleece liner. Sailors can get complete information on the new NWU Type II and Type III uniforms in NAVADMIN 374/09 available at

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11 Responses to “New Navy Type II and Type III Navy Working Uniform”

Comment from dental hygienist
Time August 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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Comment from IT2SW Thomas Johnson
Time October 25, 2010 at 1:25 am

I love the new uniforms can’t wait to wear them .

Comment from ABEAN BROWN
Time January 21, 2011 at 4:59 am

are these authorized onboard ships?

Comment from BMCS (FMF) Mason, Nigel D.
Time June 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Problem: The star above the anchor on the Senior Chief woodland and desert cammies is not visible and blends in with the anchor. It’s embarassing to personnel addressing a Senior Chief when they can’t see the star above the anchor and mistakenly calls them “Chief”.

Solution: Like with some officers brown-colored insignias, create an anchor that is black in color, but with the star representing the rank of Senior Chief and the letters “USN” on the anchor brown in color. It would be easier to see and more comfortable for all involved.

V/r BMCS (FMF) Mason – (434)531-2728

Comment from kelsie smith
Time June 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

nice almost like marpat but it look like the multicam but in digital type.

Comment from MT2 Cracknell
Time July 15, 2011 at 6:37 am

Crossing my fingers that somehow these will replace the NWU Type I

Comment from RSA
Time July 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm

NWU III finally! This is great looking uniform and one can only hope that with as much time as it has taken to get it out it will wear as good as it looks and be a truly functional uniform and something fitting for a fighting force to wear. Not a big fan of NWU I although every civilian I have encountered seems to really like it.

I agree with Senior Boats Mason–make the insignia identifiable.

LTJG R. Alley

Comment from Eli
Time August 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Wait so I am confused. Is the woodland digital being issued to all sailors or just special forces? Is the desert digital being only issued to special forces or all sailors.. Please email me awnser at

Comment from SR Ribera
Time October 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm

These look very nice! almost like marpat.

Comment from SN D. Hill
Time December 30, 2011 at 8:20 am

I am a litle confused also… are these new uniforms replacing our blue NWUs or are the only for special forces and their support?

Comment from CE1 S. Hill
Time June 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

The NWU Type III are for SPECIAL FORCES and NECC sailors. NECC has many groups in it from security forces to seabees. The only fleet rates who will wear this uniform are those attached to these units.

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