This enabled longer lapels to be incorporated, reflecting civilian fashions of the time. Prior to this, most seamen wore "slops", or ready-made clothing sold to the ship's crew by a contractor; many captains established general standards of appearance for the seamen on their vessel, but there was little or no uniformity between ships.
Like their counterparts as worn by commissioned officers, it is divided into 1A, 1B and 1C dress. Warrant officers class one carry swords, but chief petty officers except for masters at arms and petty officers do not although certain senior rates in some circumstances may carry cutlasses.
Trade non-substansive badges are worn by petty officers on the right arm of the jacket, and by chief petty officers on the lapels. Senior ratings of the engineering branch do not wear trade badges.
This mess unddress is optional wear in the evenings for dining by all senior rates petty officer and above. It is worn with a black cummerbund and miniature medals. The cut of the jacket is different to that worn by officers: Trade badges and other non-substanstive badges are not worn on the mess jacket; but cuff buttons and substantive rate badges are. This is worn with blue trousers and optionally the peaked cap. Those senior ratings who have not applied for mess dress may; for 2B dress in lieu wear 1C dress with a black bow tie substituted for the black tie.
This is the same as the various types of number 3 dress as worn by commissioned officers. These are the same as the white uniforms currently worn by commissioned officers in the Royal Navy. The white tunic worn by senior rates however differs from that of commissioned officers in that it only has four buttons rather than five and does not feature shoulder boards nor fittings for them.
When armed, Senior ratings wear white gaiters and white webbing belts. For Petty officers, rate badges are in navy blue on white and are worn on the upper left arm, and non-substansive badges are worn on the right.
The cuff buttons as worn in blue uniform are not worn on white tunics; except by chief petty officers as an indication of rank. Chief Petty Officers wear specialisation badges on the left cuff in blue above their cuff buttons. The rate insignia of warrant officers on white tunics are in gold. The Senior rating's white tunic was introduced in Senior ratings wear shoulder rank slides with the white bush jacket but WO1s may optionally wear shoulderboards. For junior ratings it is a traditional navy blue sailor suit.
The current uniform for junior ratings dates in its present form from , replacing an earlier version introduced in that featured an untucked frock instead of the navy blue seaman's jumper, that was itself based on the traditional but unregulated dress of the seaman.
Mess dress is not worn by junior ratings but 1C dress is worn instead. However, the black cummerbund is not worn by junior ratings in this rig. This is the same as for Officer's No. Junior rates are only issued with short-sleeve shirts and are not issued with ties. This is divided into 3B without jersey and 3C dress navy-blue jersey worn over the shirt with the shirt collar out.
There is no equivalent of 3A dress for junior ratings. Junior ratings, in common with all ranks and rates of the Royal Navy, are currently in the middle of the process of being issued the new No4. RNPCS uniform, which, is intended to be the primary working uniform for junior ratings. These include overalls, dry and wet suits, PTI uniform, dental and medical scrubs and combat uniform. In the tropics this is the uniform worn on ceremonial occasions. For junior ratings it is a white version of the traditional sailor's suit.
These are the same for the counterparts worn by Royal Navy officers and senior rates. However, short sleeved shirts only are issued and worn and ties are not worn by junior ratings in these rigs. Introduced in its ultimate form in , but had steadily evolved from the undress uniform introduced in ; this uniform was worn by all commissioned officers from sub-lieutenant upwards, as well as warrant officers.
It consisted of a blue double-breasted tailcoat with eight gold buttons worn with blue trousers with gold lace down the side, bicorn hat , sword belt and sword with scabbard, and gold epaulettes gold 'scales' were worn by sub-lieutenants and neither epaulettes nor scales were worn by warrant officers.
It was placed 'in abeyance' i. It was restricted between the world wars to court levees. On all other ceremonial occasions, Frock Coat with epaulettes was prescribed. In July , officers of the rank of commander and above were required to provide themselves with Full Dress.
It was again declared in abeyance with the outbreak of war in , but was not formally abolished. Used on several ceremonial occasions after the war such as the coronation of Elizabeth II , it was replaced in with the current Ceremonial Day Dress.
A version of Royal Navy Full Dress, complete with epaulettes and cocked hat, is still worn by the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports , but the current incumbent Lord Boyce wears his Royal Navy ceremonial day coat in lieu of this. Colloquially known as 'the jacket', this was originally a more practical 'working' version of the full dress coat that was improvised by officers cutting off the tails of a spare undress coat.
This practice was widespread amongst officers at sea but in the regulations; the round jacket was finally given official sanction; although it was only worn at sea, and was worn with either a peaked cap or a round similar to a top hat.
It was abolished for all commissioned officers in although it essentially evolved into the mess jacket , except for midshipmen and officer cadets, who wore it until , when it was put into abeyance; it finally being formally abolished in This was introduced in and was divided into several categories: Frock Coat with epaulettes; which was worn with the bicorn hat and medals, Frock Coat without epaulettes, which was worn with the peaked cap.
It became official 'working dress' in It was altered in by having only four buttons instead of five each side, three of which were to be buttoned. This enabled longer lapels to be incorporated, reflecting civilian fashions of the time.
Frock Coat Dress was like Full Dress placed in abeyance and 'landed' in , and although not formally abolished was not worn until it was finally abolished in A modified version of this uniform is still worn; usually with peaked cap and without epaulettes, by the Master and Elder Brethren of Trinity House.
From , Army battledress was approved for use by Royal Navy personnel until , when a Navy Blue version of battledress was introduced to be used only by the Royal Navy.
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