The Australian Department of Defense (DoD) has began the launch of the new Royal Australian Navy (RAN) navy uniform with many patterns (MMPU) in Sydney.
Designed and manufactured in Australia, the initial distribution of RAN uniforms began in October 2021 by Darwin and Cairns in Australia.
In addition, forces deployed in the Western Australia region also received an MMPU earlier this year.
The implementation of the uniforms in all units of RAN is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
RAN Logistics Director General Commander Nathan Robb said: “By listening to our people and working with the industry, the uniform provided is lighter, suitable for Navy purposes and suitable for the range of conditions and environments in which our fleet operates.
A joint effort of the Australian Ministry of Defense and industry partners, the new uniforms have been developed to benefit RAN personnel located at sea and on shore.
Industry partners in the production of Navy uniforms include Australia from the Australian Defense Apparel (ADA), Workwear Group, Melbourne and Bruck Textiles Group in Wangaratta, Victoria.
Bruck Textiles manufactures the fabric used by the ADA and Workwear Group to produce individual uniforms at their facility in Bendigo and Melbourne, Victoria.
Bruck Textiles Group CEO Vineet Dhawan said: “We are very proud to have created this new, innovative and lightweight solution that made the shirt 25 percent lighter, the pants 15 percent lighter and included fire-fighting properties within fabric, not in addition to the fabric. “
“Participating in this great project helps maintain the sustainability of both industry and capacity.”
MMPU is a lightweight uniform, and its fabric incorporates the latest solutions such as fire retardant and antistatic properties. The properties of the fabric are preserved even after washing and exposure to sea water.
HMAS Cairns Port Services is one of the first units to wear the new marine uniform with multi-chamber models, as the uniform is distributed in Australia. Credit: Ricky Drummond / © British Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defense.