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Surface Warfare Officer badge

Eye In The Sky

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Someone sent me this early this evening. Has anyone heard of this? Naval Surface Warfare badge, 3 types including a separate one to denote command of a warship?C5F91B0A-D0F6-4DD8-B212-FACDD7643D4C.jpeg
 

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Haha, NWOs are becoming the vegans and crossfitters of Naval Officers (how do you know someone is a vegan/crossfitter/NWO?... Don't worry they will tell you)

Aside from being kind of irrelevant, as the pin also tracks with rank for the most part, it's aesthetically really poorly done. The design is bland AF, the 'waves' aren't, and have no use of perspective, and the little Boaty McBoatyface shape and maple leaf are both generic and boring.

They could have at least gone for flair with a bit of pizzazz, like and Art Deco style or something. The USN equivalent at least has some mythical creatures, we went with something super safe but didn't even execute it well.

It's too bad, lot of sweat and tears goes into the associated milestones, and they really could have done something actually cool with it (or you know, focused on things that people actually care about). Have yet to hear an NWO say they actually like it, so doesn't even seem like the 3% of the Navy that they make up (or whatever it is) actually wanted this pin in particular.
 

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The badge looks like a sad, back of a napkin version of the RAN Principal Warfare Officer badge combined with aircrew wings.

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What is interesting is we seem to have gone with the US model rather than the RN or RAN model for issuing the badge. Based on what I have read all BWKs will get a new piece of flair, in the RN and RAN the badge is awarded after competition of the ORO equivalent course.
 

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Just once... I would love to see us create a badge that wasn't made with the cheapest possible materials, went through someone with an actual background in graphic design, and didn't feel the need to encorporate the biggest God damn maple leaf possible in everything we do.

If we want to do things, we shouldn't do them half-assed. This looks gaudy as hell.
 

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Can’t help but think that a beaver, holding a naval sword in its teeth, riding a jet-ski and waving a Stetson over its head as it jumps a wave top, would have looked better than this thing…
 

Eye In The Sky

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This one looks like a navy version of the old warrior badge the army did (poorly) back in the 90s.
 

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'Announced' here:
And a few folks spotted wearing them already in these photos: Facebook

Can you wear all three of them at the same time like, you know, notches on your rifle butt ;)

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Eye In The Sky

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So, is the RCN coming up with a Surface Warfare Specialist badge, similar to the USN one for enlisted sailors?

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So, is the RCN coming up with a Surface Warfare Specialist badge, similar to the USN one for enlisted sailors?

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From what I understand there was/is discussions of Coxns getting a version. Don’t know where that discussion is now.
 

Eye In The Sky

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From what I understand there was/is discussions of Coxns getting a version. Don’t know where that discussion is now.

I was hoping it would be qualification based not....bling for CPO1s - they get their Warrant. :rolleyes:3638CC4A-B3EC-4299-9FAD-1873F46158F1.jpeg
 
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Just once... I would love to see us create a badge that wasn't made with the cheapest possible materials, went through someone with an actual background in graphic design, and didn't feel the need to encorporate the biggest God damn maple leaf possible in everything we do.

If we want to do things, we shouldn't do them half-assed. This looks gaudy as hell.
Not new, but the "new" metal aircrew badges (when we went from gold to silver) are pretty nice, and incorporate metal from a crashed Halifax bomber.

 

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Canada and its military have an inferiority complex therefore it has to overcompensate to feel better about itself.....
 

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Bob is (2nd left). Fella on the right is a submariner.

Gawd it’s awful. Second only to the War of 1812 pin for cut-rate bling.
Edited to add I just noticed it under the submariner’s medal rack. Maybe best placed there where it’s least noticeable.
 

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Not new, but the "new" metal aircrew badges (when we went from gold to silver) are pretty nice, and incorporate metal from a crashed Halifax bomber.

Something like that has been done before…
 
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