Yes, this NEVER should have happened. The United States Navy has finally taken action to eliminate what has been considered to be the worst possible selection for a uniform to be worn by sailors both at sea and on land. For anyone on land it was worthless, hiding on a grey ship just as bad, but if you went overboard and WANTED to be seen, it worked pretty damn good!
The Navy Working Uniform Type I, blue camouflage utilities mockingly called “blueberries” will be replaced by the forest-green NWU Type III camouflage utilities developed by Naval Special Warfare Command (SEALs) as a tactical uniform, and very close to the USMC pattern.
In an announcement today by Naval Personnel Command, sailors will have the option of wearing either the NWU Type I or III beginning October 1 of this year, and will be required to wear the NWU Type III as the primary working uniform ashore and in port by October 1, 2019, so we will be seeing the “blueberries” still for quite a while.
This issue was identified as a common complaint/request to change by sailors who want uniforms that are comfortable, lightweight, breathable as well as color-matched to ANYTHING other than the open sea. As a result from listening to sailors the Navy will abandon the NWU Type I to the NWU Type III as their primary shore working uniform leaving the United States Air Force with the only remaining pastel shaded outfit.