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Chris P

War Hero
Correct, it was nomex up until they brought cotton back in, before that it was man made fibres and because they were cheaper than cotton GS got them, all tickety boo until the Falklands.
Could never understand why the uniform was changed for man made fibres, it was always drummed into us that man made fibres would melt into your skin if there was a fire and therefore not good, and then pusser brings in man made stuff, I geuss after the Falklands the truth was forcebly rammed home, Bean Counters taking over??!!
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Could never understand why the uniform was changed for man made fibres, it was always drummed into us that man made fibres would melt into your skin if there was a fire and therefore not good, and then pusser brings in man made stuff, I geuss after the Falklands the truth was forcebly rammed home, Bean Counters taking over??!!
I was told that the "melt on your skin" 8's were brought in for submariners only as it was quick drying, easy clean stuff and was so good (and cheap) that it was adopted fleet wide. Whether that's true or not I don't know but it has a ring of authenticity about it.
 

fishhead

War Hero
I was told that the "melt on your skin" 8's were brought in for submariners only as it was quick drying, easy clean stuff and was so good (and cheap) that it was adopted fleet wide. Whether that's true or not I don't know but it has a ring of authenticity about it.
I can remember when I was issued with it in the early 70s and the reasons given at the time were those you have outlined. I think the Nuc. boats were the first to get it.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Correct, it was nomex up until they brought cotton back in, before that it was man made fibres and because they were cheaper than cotton GS got them, all tickety boo until the Falklands.
Apparently the stuff racing car drivers use to wear?
 
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