Many people in the United States Navy have been awaiting the new NWU blue camouflage uniform that will soon become standards issue for all enlisted members. But it was the two ships from the U.S.S Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group that have first been issued the uniform just before getting underway.
The attack submarine U.S.S. Scranton and the Aircraft Carrier itself are the two ships that have been issued uniforms for all Servicemembers aboard. It deployed with the sailors as they put to sea on February 20th and 21st.
This is the first time that the uniform has been put into deployment, and originally it was thought that it would be nice to line the rails of the Carrier with Sailors in the new NWU uniform but there were still some Sailors that had yet to receive the uniform so that plan was abandoned.
Sailors can use the uniform to replace utilities if they have it, but there are still certain jobs that will not have the uniform, Flight Deck operations for example.
All the Servicemembers on board the Submarine Scranton have been issued the new uniform, and they were wearing them as the submarine left port for the open sea.