The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has released a new peaked cap for its sailors. The new cap – which is suitable to wear in various weather conditions – is easier to care for than the old version. Its replaceable cloth top cover can be machine washed and dried. When it is worn-out, damaged or permanently stained, the top cover can be replaced at less cost than replacing the whole cap. The bowler cap will remain available.
“A sailor’s uniform is a source of pride, and the new cap has a flexible oval frame to better accommodate different head sizes, which makes it more comfortable. Being able to wash the white cover of the cap will make it easier to maintain”, says Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) David Steeves, Command Chief Petty Officer of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Issue of the new cap will be phased in incrementally as stock becomes available, with the goal of having the new peaked cap fully available to all members of the RCN by November 2022. During this transition period, either the old sea service cap or the new peaked cap may be worn. Once the transition period is over, the old peaked cap will not be allowed.
The new caps will be available to non-commissioned members first, beginning in September 2021, and to officers in early 2022, based upon production and delivery schedule.
As of September 7, 2021, naval non-commissioned members and naval officer cadets can submit their online order for the new peaked cap through the Logistiks Unicorp website. The initial issue of the first full cap ensemble is at no cost to members. After the initial issue, members will be able to order an additional cover using their Logistiks Unicorp points. Sizing is the same as is used for the current sea service cap.