From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command's (NAVFAC) Expeditionary Programs Office (NEPO) transferred program management responsibilities for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type II/III to the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Oct. 1.
From 2010 to 2012, NEPO successfully developed the Type II/III working uniforms for the Navy and centrally funded the outfitting of more than 60,000 Sailors.
"When we first started, NAVFAC quickly assembled a NWU-II/III team from different commands across the Department of Defense to develop and deliver the Navy's next generation, tactical combat uniforms in record time," said NEPO Director Capt. John Carson.
The different commands included: the Naval Clothing Textile Research Facility for testing, technical assistance, and quality assurance and control; the Army's Natick Soldier Systems Center for contract administration; the Defense Logistics Agency and the Kentucky Logistics Operations Center for distribution; and the Uniform Matters Office, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N13 for administration.
"We were fortunate to have an advanced digital camouflage pattern to use as a starting point for the uniform, courtesy of the United States Special Operations Command and Naval Special Warfare. The uniforms improved mission success by reducing the probability of visual and infrared detection, while providing improved durability and comfort to the warfighter."
Major milestones of the program included securing $75 million in program funds, developing an innovative acquisition strategy to accelerate fielding by 18 months, finalizing the uniform design, developing a logistics plan to support initial outfitting of 60,000 personnel, and implementing a communications plan to keep the warfighter informed of the program's status.
The program's transition provides both synergy and alignment because of NAVSUP's well-established NWU Type I program responsibilities. NAVSUP has designated the Navy Exchange Service Command's Uniform Product Management Group as the program manager and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility as the in-service engineering activity for the NWU-II/III. The Defense Logistics Agency has responsibility for sustainment contracts for all uniform components.