As early as 1942, the Navy was firmly in the hands of Admiral King and his dislike of working khakis was legendary. God forbid, it resembled the Army!
King then advocated for a slate grey uniform to be worn as he had long admired the blue grey uniforms of his Allies in the RAF.
Soon he had a tailor work up a naval uniform in a similar grey colour variation made from a Herringbone twill fabric not unlike that worn by the US Marines.
So taken was he by his new idea that he decided to roll it out to the entire US Navy, though it met with much opposition especially from the other admirals and in particular Admiral ‘Bull’ Halsey and the Commander of the Pacific, Admiral Nimitz. This resulted in a limited roll out, however the new colour scheme saw action with Deck crews, PT men,
Sea Bees and UDT teams from October 1943 through till April 1946.
Responding to Admiral Kings demands, the Papa Nui Cap Co produced this unusual variant cap, the N-3 utility cap in ‘King’ Slate Blue. As the only company to be awarded a contract to develop this new working cap, surviving pieces are rare.
This beautiful style has all the elegance and simplicity of style that it’s A-3 Army counter part has but instead is realised in a Japanese milled mini HBT fabrication with an unfixed dye method allowing a quickly developed patina consistent with the sun drenching of deployment in the vast Pacific campaign.
A cool billiard green poplin under visor keeps water reflection at a minimum whilsta new all cotton canvas insert allows for the most natural customisation of visor styling tobe set to suit your personal preferences.
The name says it: a great cap for summer, beach and the sun.
Thanks Rene so true! Super light to wear.
Catch 22 Milo Minderbinder Special. René
This is an awesome cap and unlike any other camo head gear this one will make you stand out in the crowd. My cap came a little to snug fit (though size m has always been my size for PN caps) but a treatment with a hat expander made it fit. Great cap.
Ahh yes the old stretcher trick!
Note this tip.: a cold water rinse and place over your knee to give it a tug works wonders as well then wear till dry.