Royal Australian Navy Introduces New Camouflage Uniform

Seaman General Experience Gemma Silverstand (left) and Midshipman Morgan Schieflebein wear the Royal Australian Navy’s new Maritime Multi-Cam Pattern Uniform at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin, NT.

The Royal Australian Navy’s new Maritime Multi-Cam Pattern Uniform commenced rollout in October 2021. The new lightweight contemporary uniform is said to feature the latest technology, enhancing the safety and comfort of members wearing it.

Navy personnel in North Queensland and the Northern Territory are the first to be issued the new maritime multi-cam pattern uniform (MMPU). 

The MMPU uniform replaces the disruptive pattern Navy uniform (DPNU), which has been in service for the past 12 years. 

The roll-out of the MMPU across Navy is scheduled to take place progressively across states and be completed late next year.

The new lighter-weight contemporary uniform uses the latest technology, enhancing the safety and comfort of members wearing it. 

It brings uniformity across Defense as it features the familiar design of the Australian multi-cam camouflage uniform and the Air Force general purpose uniform, but retains the maritime grey tones and a few key differences unique to Navy requirements. 

It took several years to undertake research and trial the MMPU before the design was finalised.

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The contribution of Australian industry, working in collaboration with the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, was critical to the development of the uniform. 

The garments are manufactured in Australia by Australian Defense Apparel in Bendigo and Melbourne, Victoria, and Workwear Group in Melbourne, Victoria, using fabric manufactured by Bruck Textiles in Wangaratta, Victoria.

Two versions of the MMPU are available, depending on the roles and duties of personnel.

The flame-resistant option, featuring reflective strips, meets work, health and safety regulations for members on sea-going duties and shore-based roles requiring a higher level of protection.

After Darwin and Cairns, the MMPU will be rolled out to WA towards the end of the first quarter of next year.

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