Navy’s surface warfare officers will soon get to wear new leather jackets

Wearing a leather jacket similar to those now being made available to Navy surface warfare officers, Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, delivers the keynote address at a symposium on board Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 22, 2019. WOODY S. PASCHALL/U.S. NAVY
Wearing a leather jacket similar to those now being made available to Navy surface warfare officers, Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, delivers the keynote address at a symposium on board Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 22, 2019. WOODY S. PASCHALL/U.S. NAVY

Navy’s surface warfare officers will soon get to wear new leather jackets

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON— Navy surface warfare officers will soon be issued new leather jackets to wear and show their expertise and create a sense of pride.

The new jacket is similar to the famous aviation bomber jacket and is “meant to build esprit de corps” and symbolize the “tactical warfighter expertise” of being a qualified surface warfare officer, the Navy said in an announcement Thursday.

The jacket will be available starting in June.

“The surface warfare community has a long-standing history of excellence and an uniquely identifiable item is one way to signify the outstanding achievement and professionalism of our surface warfare officers,” Vice Adm. Richard Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces, said in the announcement. “Those who wear the jacket will be easily identified as a part of a long lineage of professional ship drivers and maritime warfighters.”

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