WASP Leads The Way With The Navy's New PT Uniform
Story Number: NNS080603-17
Release Date: 6/3/2008 10:14:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Andrew J. McCord, USS Wasp Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS Wasp (LHD 1) became the first ship in the Navy to receive the service's new Physical Training (PT) uniforms on May 30, when representatives from the Navy Exchange (NEX) Norfolk arrived at the ship at the crack of dawn to distribute them to the crew.
"We're really excited to be here with the Wasp crew," said NEX Norfolk Services Operations Manager Chris Twiford. "The opportunity to come to the ship with the uniforms is great because we've gotten to see [the PT gear] from inception to completion."
Twiford also noted that while May 30 was the official roll-out of the PT uniforms across the Navy, Wasp had specifically asked for assistance to make sure that their Sailors would be ready to participate in command PT the following Monday. The ship's Supply Department and the NEX worked hand-in-hand to make the event happen.
"Wasp is the #1 Ship in the Fleet, and we're proud to be the first ship outfitted with the new uniforms," said Wasp Commanding Officer Capt. Daniel Fillion. "We take our PT program very seriously, and our Sailors are dedicated to their physical readiness. These uniforms are going to enhance the Wasp fitness program, and help us showcase our outstanding Sailors."
The Wasp crew seemed pleased with the new uniforms, noting that wearing the same gear during PT sessions will be a welcome change, both aboard the ship and for the Navy, which has been without a standardized PT uniform for several years.
"We need to be cohesive and work as one," said Chief Hull Technician (SW/AW) Vince Doolittle. "These uniforms provide pride and show outward professionalism across the ranks, from top to bottom."
The roll-out of the PT gear is part of the revamping of the Navy uniforms known as Task Force Uniform, which has been over two years in the making. The new uniforms, which also went through a series of "wear tests," proved to be much more accommodating to the tastes of today's Sailors, further enhancing their appeal.
"These uniforms are more stylish, and they just fit better than what's been out there in the past," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jerrelle Wilson. "We've finally stepped into this century with these uniforms. I like the idea of PT-ing with everyone looking the same, and looking good doing it."
The Navy will make the new PT uniform a mandatory part of each Sailor's seabag. By Oct. 1, all Sailors are required to have two pairs of the blue nylon shorts with Navy lettering and reflective markings, and two of the gold short-sleeve performance shirts with reflective Navy lettering. Other optional items are available as well, including a long-sleeved gold PT shirt, and compression shorts to be worn underneath the required PT shorts.
For more news from USS Wasp (LHD 1), visit www.navy.mil/local/lhd1/.
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