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Modern Makeover for Royal

armchair_ninja

Old-Salt
From The Times today:


The Royal Marines are in line to receive fresh uniforms, new weapons and an expanded global role as the corps undergoes a significant modernisation programme.

Only the distinctive green beret worn by commandos has been guaranteed to survive as the Ministry of Defence carries out a review of the 6,700-strong force.

Proposals to alter the elite unit’s camouflage combat gear are being considered. Marines are also experimenting with lightweight body armour that is more suitable for their specialist activities, such as scaling cliffs, than the heavier kit worn by the British army.
The Colt Canada C8, already available for some specialist Marine units, will replace the SA80 as the standard issue rifle. Options to use a variant with a suppressor which muzzles the sound of gunfire are being explored.

Marines are also testing a new holographic sight that allows them to fire a rifle with both eyes open, line up shots quicker and improve the accuracy of their aim.

The restructuring of the unit could see the system of ranks switched to match the navy instead of the army. This idea however, was met with scorn by former commando officers, who believe it would override the unit’s unique identity.

Under the proposal, which was first floated last month, captains in the Marines would become lieutenants and brigadiers become commodores. Service chiefs insisted that no final decision had been made but warned that all aspects of the force were up for reconfiguration.

Major-General Matt Holmes, commandant general of the Royal Marines, told the Sunday Express: “The scale and ambition of our transformation is significant. Nothing is off limits and we aspire to be at the cutting edge of defence.”

Commandos are set to work more closely with British special forces, providing support from littoral strike ships stationed off nations around the Gulf and Mediterranean. Gavin Williamson, the former defence secretary, pioneered the concept of littoral ships, which can be cheaply converted from civilian ferries to convey aircraft, fast boats and elite personnel. The MoD has committed funding for two of these ships so far, each expected to carry 120 commandos and up to six helicopters.

The Royal Marines will increasingly deploy in smaller groups to conduct special operations as part of their modernisation. The plan is said to have been inspired by changes afoot in the US Marine Corps.

Other parts of the unit’s warfighting arm will mirror the operations of 42 Commando, the specialist maritime unit which deploys small teams to counter piracy and protect shipping.
 

endure

GCM
"Only the distinctive green beret worn by commandos has been guaranteed to survive as the Ministry of Defence carries out a review of the 6,700-strong force."

Does that include the little black dress?
 
I see the RM's number one priority is to look "hoofing as fook" as opposed to not spending money like water still.

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To be fair it was on MODnet last month in the navy’s Personnel Support Brief:




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Truxx

LE
To be fair it was on MODnet last month in the navy’s Personnel Support Brief:




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By heck there is some fine staff gobblajuke in there! "subtly distinctive within defence" I liked. No8s all round then (no cut off sleeves - fire retardant you see)
 
I hope that the adoption of a new PCS does not herald the UK military following the US example of each service wasting money on procuring their unique combat kit just because they want to look different!

Regards,
MM
 

Rab_C

War Hero
I hope that the adoption of a new PCS does not herald the UK military following the US example of each service wasting money on procuring their unique combat kit just because they want to look different!

Regards,
MM
When will the crabs realise not everyone wants to wear nylon and white socks?
 
I hope that the adoption of a new PCS does not herald the UK military following the US example of each service wasting money on procuring their unique combat kit just because they want to look different!

Regards,
MM
Why break the habit of 400 years of regimental traditions.
 
I hope that the adoption of a new PCS does not herald the UK military following the US example of each service wasting money on procuring their unique combat kit just because they want to look different!

Regards,
MM

Get off... The US has 7 uniformed services... just the UK Army alone has 112,100 different uniforms because EVERYONE has to look different.
 
By heck there is some fine staff gobblajuke in there! "subtly distinctive within defence" I liked. No8s all round then (no cut off sleeves - fire retardant you see)
Plus a bloody split infinitive, and the awful: "Procure... a uniform that Royal Navy sailors are proud of..."
"Of which RN sailors are proud," for pity's sake.

I wonder about the four materials which failed testing - silk, chiffon? Nylon fishnets?

The big question - wooly pullies - round-neck or V-neck?
 

Truxx

LE
Plus a bloody split infinitive, and the awful: "Procure... a uniform that Royal Navy sailors are proud of..."
"Of which RN sailors are proud," for pity's sake.

I wonder about the four materials which failed testing - silk, chiffon? Nylon fishnets?

The big question - wooly pullies - round-neck or V-neck?
I trust you are pointing out to the senior service the error of their ways?
 
Spot the impostor without a Green Lid.
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We know the Bootneck will only break it, oooooo look at me i'm a royal.
 

Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
I hope that the adoption of a new PCS does not herald the UK military following the US example of each service wasting money on procuring their unique combat kit just because they want to look different!

Regards,
MM

Indeed. I note the aspiration to make the RM look 'subtly distinctive'.

...why?

Still it looks like they've finally got the M16s they've wanted all these years.
 
Is the Royal Navy seriously under strength with a terminal decline in recruiting? Turning RM into indistinguishable matelots would neatly disguise the manning crisis.

Prefix each Commando with HMS and hey presto... a full up Navy that sounds like it has a shedload of ships.
 
Plus a bloody split infinitive, and the awful: "Procure... a uniform that Royal Navy sailors are proud of..."
"Of which RN sailors are proud," for pity's sake.

I wonder about the four materials which failed testing - silk, chiffon? Nylon fishnets?

The big question - wooly pullies - round-neck or V-neck?

Jersey, Wool, White.
 
Again, nothing uniform about UK uniforms.
But you can guarantee if the new RM uniform is considered 'ally' it will start turning up on members of the AGC, RLC, AMS and Bandies long before every member of RM receives it.
 

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