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thor

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Interesting. It's weird to think of a black leather flight jacket as being actual military issue.
 

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I like it!

I know some of the SWOs(and certainly many grunts I knew) had a hate on for the G-1 since they had nothing comparable.

In the Marines, you could wear your meh tan uniform jacket or your wool sweater with civilian gear, but pilots were precluded from wearing their G-1s out in town.

This jacket looks good IMO. And a little panache item is good for morale and might even become a tradition...as long as the Navy doesn’t change the uniform again.

I agree Brown looks more appropriate, but I guess it’s meant to go with the newer black (is it still Navy Blue?) uniforms.

EDIT: Interesting. I just looked at the pics again and see that he is wearing them over his khakis.

Does a black jacket wear better with a khaki uniform than a brown jacket with a black/navy one?

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thor

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I’m thinking the black color in some small way relates to being a “black shoe” (surface warfare officer) as opposed to the “brown shoe” aviation community.
And a very common outerwear garment worn with khakis has been the black cotton “Eisenhower” jacket. So perhaps the Uniform Board figured it’s a morphing of a black leather G-1 (no fur collar) and the black cotton Ike jacket.
 

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"Commanding officers will decide whether the coat will be allowed during General Quarters, when crew members are to man their battle stations, or damage-control evaluations, the message adds."

You may be sure the commanding officer will be wearing his or hers all the time.
 

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A little late to the party, but I like it. I would like it better if the Army had one, but as backwards as the Army is in uniforms, it will never have one.

I wonder if this jacket will be authorized for wear off base, or if it will be limited to wear aboard ship, or perhaps on base only. Back when I was in, we could only wear our flight suits and flight jackets on base, or between base and our quarters. I think the Officers' Club was off limits as well, except maybe before 6:00 pm, or maybe only at the club's annex. Stopping to get gas while so attired was not allowed. It was considered a work uniform, such as fatigues (and dungarees) and as such, we should not be seen by civilians wearing it. I doubt the Navy, although more intelligent in many ways, is any looser in its uniform regulations.
 

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Interesting way to address those crazy collisions from a couple years back. Black jacket above (light) khaki trousers is pretty terrible look, imho. Could've at least opted for something like a Seal Brown?...
 

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A friend has one of these - he’s not RAF so I’ll ask him his source. I also recently saw a nearly new one in a vintage clothing shop - I was tempted as it was heavy and well made but it’s blousy fit put me off.
 

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A friend has one of these - he’s not RAF so I’ll ask him his source. I also recently saw a nearly new one in a vintage clothing shop - I was tempted as it was heavy and well made but it’s blousy fit put me off.

Interesting. It looks like a nice trim fit from Thor's first photo above.
 

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