UK: new commando uniform for Royal Marines


Royal Marines Commandos are to get a brand new uniform under the most significant transformation and rebranding programme launched since World War 2. For the first time the White Ensign features on one sleeve, as a clear indication of the Royal Marines’ integration with the Royal Navy.

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The new Royal Marine uniform is from USA-based firm Crye Precision and is lighter, faster-drying, has higher tear-strength and is more breathable than typical 50/50 cotton/nylon kit (Picture source: Royal Navy)


Elite commandos of the Royal Navy are undertaking a bold modernisation project – known as the Future Commando Force programme – which will overhaul the way world famous Green Berets operate around the globe. As part of this restructuring, Royal Marines will have a new uniform, fit for a new era of warfare, that is in-keeping with the maritime traditions of the corps, and also honours their commando forebears.

The NATO procured uniform – which is been procured from USA-based firm Crye Precision – is lighter weight, has higher tear-strength, is faster-drying and is more breathable than typical 50/50 cotton/nylon kit. It also has a subtle change in camouflage design – instead of the previous multi-terrain pattern – the uniform now uses Crye Precision’s MultiCam pattern.

And, in the week that saw the 80th anniversary of Operation Collar, the first commando raid of World War 2, the marines have drawn on their heritage by returning to the traditional Royal Marines Commando insignia, just like the design first worn by commandos when they launched daring raids into Nazi-occupied Europe. The flash with red writing and navy-blue background will be worn once again, as commandos evolve to conduct more raids from the sea, persistently deployed to counter the threats of the modern-day battlefield.

The iconic Fairbairn-Sykes Dagger patch of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines has been redesigned and is based on the first pattern of the legendary fighting knife made in 1940.


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The new Royal Marine uniform is from USA-based firm Crye Precision and is lighter, faster-drying, has higher tear-strength and is more breathable than typical 50/50 cotton/nylon kit (Picture source: Royal Navy)


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