October 2017 will mark the 241st birthday of the US Navy. Coinciding with this historic event, on October 1st, 2017, the US Navy will no longer issue aquaflage. The anticipated retirement of aquaflage will not be met with sadness or hoarding. Quite the opposite—the aquaflage uniforms have been called the “dumbest uniform ever.” In fact, for the past ten years, the Navy Secretary has been well aware of our sailors’ negative opinions regarding these uniforms (aka blueberries). Sailors have claimed that the uniforms were hot, uncomfortable, and worst of all, were flammable.
Aquaflage seemed conceptually perfect since blue camo seemingly reinforced the Navy/water relationship. However, from a practical standpoint, the color selection served no purpose—unless our sailors wanted to blend into their surroundings after falling overboard. Aquaflage is an excellent example of a good idea which was not fully vetted.
As with everything, there are probably a few sailors who prefer blue camo over green. For them, the Navy has established a three year transitional period before aquaflage is officially retired. These holdouts should be careful, avoid open flames and—in the case of burning— suppress the instinct to jump overboard to extinguish the flames.