Deck Jerseys; the kind you see on the Airedales rushing to and fro on a carrier deck. Oddly enough, they are an item taken for granted. They aren’t very easy to find and a simple internet search will turn up more guides on their wear than sources of supply. However, Tidewater Tactical offers made in the USA Flight Deck Jerseys in a variety of colors. What’s more, they are 100% cotton meaning no melt, no drip.
Purple: Aviation Fuels [nickname: “Grapes”]
Blue: Plane Handlers, Aircraft Elevator Operators, Tractor Drivers, Messengers and Phone Talkers
Green: Catapult and arresting gear crews, Air wing maintenance personnel, Cargo-handling personnel, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) troubleshooters, Hook runners, Photographer’s Mates and Helicopter landing signal enlisted personnel (LSE)
Yellow: Aircraft handling officers, Catapult and Arresting Gear Officers, Plane directors
Red: Ordnancemen, Crash and Salvage Crews, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Brown: Air wing plan captains, Air wing line leading petty officers
White: Air wing quality control personnel, Squadron plane instructors, Landing Signal Officer (LSO), Air Transfer Officers (ATO), Liquid Oxygen (LOX) crews, Safety Observers, Medical personnel