PORTSMOUTH, Va (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Sailors wear the blue camouflage Navy Working Uniform (NWU) for the last time, observing colors out front of the historic Building 1 at NMCP. The NWU Type I will no longer be authorized for wear as of Tuesday, Oct. 1, according to a timeline sent out by the Navy three years ago.
Along with this uniform change, the eight-point cap is also being updated with the anchor, USS Constitution and eagle emblem (ACE) stitched into the front-center panel, where Sailors were previously allowed to put rank insignia.
The NWU Type I is being discontinued after an 11-year run. First introduced in 2008 as part of a uniform modernization program based on sailor input, the blue camouflage uniform was intended to be worn by enlisted and officers to show unification among the ranks.
As the U.S. Navy's oldest, continuously-operating military hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally-acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area's 10 branch health and TRICARE Prime Clinics, provide care for the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsman for future roles in healing and wellness.
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