Royal Marines Commandos are getting a brand-new uniform.
The new kit is part of the 'Future Commando Force' programme, which is designed to overhaul the way Commandos operate.
The Royal Navy says the programme is the most significant transformation and rebranding programme launched since World War Two.
The new uniform, which will be worn from this Autumn, is a lighter weight, higher strength, faster-drying and more breathable version of their typical 50/50 cotton/nylon kit.
It also has a subtle change in camouflage design.
The kit, provided by US-based firm, Crye Precision, has been specifically selected for commandos given the extreme environments they operate in.
In terms of design, the new uniform draws on the heritage the Royal Marines by returning to the traditional Commando insignia, similar to the the design first worn by commandos when they launched raids into Nazi-occupied Europe.
"It is fitting that on the 80th Anniversary of the first commando raid of World War Two, this uniform now bears the traditional Royal Marine Commando insignia.
"A poignant link to their history as the commando force embarks on a modernisation programme that will keep them in their place as the world’s best amphibious force," said Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heappey.
The new uniform will also feature the White Ensign on one sleeve for the first time as more Royal Marines integrate with the Royal Navy in operations from the sea in the Future Commando Force programme.
Lieutenant Colonel Ben Reynolds RM, led the procurement and design of the new uniform.
"The Royal Marines are integral to the Royal Navy and an extremely versatile elite force, able to operate from mountain and Arctic wastes to jungle and littorals," he said.
"The Royal Marines’ Commando Uniform 2020 reflects our distinctiveness and the unique capabilities we bring to defence, in addition to the Royal Navy’s eagerness to invest in our development towards the Future Commando Force."
Cover image: MOD.