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The introduction of the Navy’s new working uniform has been delayed from summer to winter, according to a recent Navy-wide message.

The blue digital camouflage working uniform is meant to replace seven existing working uniforms for officers and enlisted sailors.

The uniform’s late debut is “[d]ue to recent contracting and various uniform component production and manufacturing challenges,” the Navy message said.

The Navy also announced a change in how sailors will get the working uniform, a new year-round service uniform for E-1 to E-6 sailors, and the new physical training uniform.

“The initial introduction and distribution of the new Navy uniforms will occur by region over a designated period of time rather than simultaneous multiple-site deliveries,” the message said. “The new uniforms will be made available using Navy Exchange uniform centers and temporary off-site locations until all regions have been fully outfitted.”

This spring, the Navy will begin phasing in the service uniform over 24 months and the physical fitness uniform over six months, the message said.

“Navy uniform regulations will be revised to reflect new uniform policy guidance regarding manner and occasions for wear,” the message said. “A completely revised uniform regulation manual will be revised prior to the rollout.”

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