Top enlisted sailor says Naples base will be testing ground for new uniform
December 17, 2003
NAPLES, Italy — The Navy’s top enlisted member told sailors Tuesday that their base will be one of the test areas of a new Navy uniform.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry Scott, who met with sailors on the base Tuesday afternoon, is in the middle of a two-week tour to Navy bases in the Middle East and Europe.
At each stop, sailors have been asking him about the Navy’s new Task Force Uniform, he said. Task Force Uniform is a review of the Navy’s uniform regulations and the large number of uniforms that each sailor is required to maintain.
Scott said the task force recommended major changes to uniform regulations and the number and types of uniforms sailors use.
One thing the task force is working on is “a single working uniform for E-1 to O-10,” Scott said, adding that there are a number of different designs in contention. “What this will look like, I don’t know.”
Uniforms recommended by the two dozen sailors who took part in the project will be tested at various locations throughout the world, including Naples.
“We want to see if they’ll live up to our expectations,” Scott said. If not, they’ll go back to the drawing board, he said.
During his two-week trip Scott visited Baghdad, Naval Support Activity Bahrain and three ships deployed to the Persian Gulf, including the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
This week, Scott is visiting sailors in England, Italy and Spain.
“This gives me an idea of what our sailors do here and the challenges they face,” Scott said during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting. Earlier in the day, he met with about 250 sailors aboard the 6th Fleet flagship USS La Salle in nearby Gaeta.
This was his first visit to the Naples area and his first time visiting many of the region’s bases since being selected as the 10th master chief petty officer of the Navy on April 22, 2002.
He closed his visit to Naples by telling sailors the importance of their service and asked that they maintain their “focus and motivation,” he said.
“Our Navy has seen a lot in the last two years and we don’t know what’s in the future,” he said.
Scott will leave Naples for a stop at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, and then wrap up the two-week trip at NAS Rota, Spain.