The new uniform isn’t just a homage to the past, it also features modern fabrics that allow it to dry in half the time of the current uniform and uses Crye Precision’s MultiCam camouflage pattern.

The new uniform is part of ongoing modernisation of the Royal Marines into a ‘Future Commando Force’ which will revamp the way the elite force operates. The Royal Marines said the new uniform is ‘fit for a new era of warfare’ while ‘in-keeping with the maritime traditions of the corps’.

The uniform, manufactured by US-based Crye Precision, is lighter, faster-drying and more breathable than the existing kit and has a higher tear strength.

As part of the new uniform, for the first time, Royal Marines Commandos will wear the White Ensign of the Royal Navy as well as a new Royal Marines Commando Flash inspired by the Marines’ WWII-era Insignia.

Commenting on the new uniform, Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey said: “The Royal Marines require a uniform that they can rely on in the most hostile of environments on earth. This robust, breathable and lightweight kit will ensure our commandos remain fighting fit and able to deal with the full range of threats we rely on them to face.

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“It is fitting that on the 80th Anniversary of the first commando raid of World War II, this uniform now bears the traditional Royal Marine Commando insignia. A poignant link to their history as the commando force embarks on a modernisation programme that will keep them in their place as the world’s best amphibious force.”

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Under the Future Commando Force plans more Royal Marines are set to operate from sea acting as a high-readiness force for the UK that can deploy across the globe quickly.

Royal Marines Lieutenant Colonel Ben Reynolds said: “The Royal Marines are integral to the Royal Navy and an extremely versatile elite force, able to operate from mountain and Arctic wastes to jungle and littorals.

Tactical White Ensign. Image: Royal Navy/ Crown Copyright.

“The Royal Marines’ Commando Uniform 2020 reflects our distinctiveness and the unique capabilities we bring to defence, in addition to the Royal Navy’s eagerness to invest in our development towards the Future Commando Force.”

The new uniform was procured in just over a year through the NATO Support & Procurement Agency. The Royal Navy said the new uniform showed its appetite for investing more in the Marines.

Image: Royal Navy/ Crown Copyright.