Friends who still wear ties might we be interested in the new official Submarine Service Tie. As it says on the website: “…bringing together the colours of the White Ensign and the gold of the Submarine Service’s prestigious Dolphins badge. Launched as part of a series of events to mark the 115th year of submariners protecting and serving the Nation, a percentage of the sales proceeds will benefit Royal Navy charities.” A bow tie is also on offer. The tie is available here.
UPDATE 30 January 2107
Given the strength of negative feeling about the tie I passed the collected comments thus far to RASM’s lead Tie Officer (who doubles as Commander Sea Training!)
He responded as follows:
The genesis of the project was the lack of an official SM tie; none of the various designs mentioned in your chat-room have ever been endorsed/registered with the RN/MOD.
RASM and DRASM were included in the design process and endorsed the tie. To date more than 1,000 have been sold. The Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce and Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope both have SM ties. Twenty five ties were ordered on 25 Jan 17 alone.
In summary, this project has been a huge success and has given the retired and serving submarine communities a tie which, in the fullness of time, will become as recognizable as the zig-zag of the FAA “regimental” tie which also bears no reference to Naval Aviation.
From David Wixon 5 Oct 18
Having read much about the relatively new SM tie which sadly means nothing to generations of submariners, I agree with those who say it simply looks like any old tie from a mail order firm. How about one based upon the enclosed draft design, It is in the Navy colours, and can be interpreted to resonate with the medium in which we operated and operate. The choppy white, represents the surface of the sea, the thin red line, a thermal layer and the navy blue, that of the deep sea in which we served. I reckon something like this could well challenge the distinctive tie of the FAA in terms of style.