The four regiment soldiers to the left are in the new uniform. The soldier on the far right is dressed in the old-style UK camouflage gear. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
The four regiment soldiers to the left are in the new uniform. The soldier on the far right is dressed in the old-style UK camouflage gear. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, JAN. 13: The Bermuda Regiment is getting a new look with the latest in modern combat uniforms.

Bermuda’s armed service is phasing out the old-style UK largely green camouflage gear as Britain is changing its combat kit to a new Multi-Terrain pattern to reflect the changing role of the British Army since the end of the Cold War.

Previously, the Regiment bought combat gear in the UK pattern, but had to source it from an independent supplier because it was not on the official British Ministry of Defence (MoD) supply chain. The move to the new kit – to be supplied through the MoD for the first time — will save almost a third of the current expense of kitting out Regiment personnel.

Until the new British uniforms become available next year, the Regiment will use US-sourced MultiCam material that is almost identical to the new UK pattern.

Regiment CO Lt Col. Brian Gonsalves said: “The US MultiCam uniforms provide an ideal short-term solution. It is modern, robust easily procured, matches the Multi-Terrain pattern and provides a saving over current uniforms.”

This year’s recruits will be the first to wear the new style uniforms and will be issued trousers, shirts, jackets, rain suits and jungle hats in the new pattern later this month.

The Regiment got access to the UK Ministry of Defence supply chain after Governor Sir Richard Gozney had talks with the Assistant Military Attache at the British Embassy in Washington.

Lt Col. Gonsalves added: “The Governor wrote to the to the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff in order to make uniforms accessible to the Bermuda Regiment.

“Permission was granted and the supply of uniforms will commence once the UK’s operational units have been issued with the new uniform.”

Anyone interested in serving in the Regiment in a variety of roles should contact Major Warren Furbert on 238 1045 or at FurbertWarren@gov.bm.