The Navy's Extreme Cold Weather Impermeable Jacket

In August 1976, Alpha Industries was awarded its first contract to manufacture the Navy’s Extreme Cold Weather Impermeable jacket. The jacket was part of a cold weather outfit that also included waterproof trousers and several hood variations, each designed for a specific purpose. Alpha would continue to make the jacket for the military throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. Contracts for the trousers and hood variations were awarded to Alpha during this time as well.

Developed by the U.S. Navy in 1970, the Extreme Cold Weather Impermeable jacket was used by Navy personnel assigned to exposed sea or land duty during extreme cold/windy or extreme cold/wet weather, such as shipboard watchmen. The rugged jacket had a water-repellent nylon shell, corduroy collar, and quilted plastic foam lining throughout the body and sleeves. In addition to insulating the jacket, the unique foam lining provided some emergency buoyancy in the event a seaman fell overboard. Similarly, the matching Extreme Cold Weather Impermeable trousers and hoods were made from the same durable nylon material designed to withstand even the harshest weather conditions encountered by Navy personnel.

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