Not having any knowledge of naval operations, I have no idea why they need reflective stripes, but as far as camo goes, perhaps it is used because it is readily identifiable as being distinctly military.
Agree that if the tape were Velcroed on and were removable this has some advantages. True you don't need cammies on board, tho' if the tape is for safety it makes sense. However, REMOVE the tape, and put that 'gob' in a helmet and issue him a rifle and voila!, "naval infantry." THAT saves money in that you only need one uniform, not two or more, depending upon "where you are." Also saves money in that you don't need to form (and PAY) an additional battalion of infantry in the Army!! Just send in detachments of several underemployed ships' crews! :eek They could even take a page from Roman history, and call the "battalion" the 1st "Cohors Adiutrix!" :loltpa05 said:...As for the reflective tape, I think it's a good idea - as long as it's removable.
There are other uses as well. You can save on ammuniton. A lot of our navies are now doing a lot of coastal and anti-piracy patrols (see Somalia). Instead of firing on ships at night, have yer guys run out on deck and do some push-ups and/or jumping-jacks. Add some sound and anyone from a distance might think they're being fired upon.