Originally starting out in July of 1943, this squadron’s was first designation was VB-146 (bombing squadron). After going through a number of other designation changes without any recorded insignia it finally became VP-ML-6 (Medium Patrol Squadron) on the 15th November 1946.
Upon the inception of this new designation the squadron was given its first official squadron insignia emblem. Developed by Bradley Kelly of the King Features Syndicate, it depicts Popeye® astride a P2V Neptune bomber with missile in left hand and and .50Cal machine gun in the other, blazing away.
The unit later went on to become known as the Blue Sharks and participated in the Tonkin Gulf Crisis with the 7th Fleet during the Vietnam war.
In collaboration with clothing brand TSPTR, this is an officially licensed product via them from Kind Features Syndicates. The official Popeye® patch design is taken exactly from the original and is made on the correct military quality looms to produce a high-quality reproduction.
Set upon our recreation of the US Navy jacket model M422A - along with Navy style stencil - this piece, like all the garments in this Elite Units section, is subtly time worn to give the garment true vintage appeal and is our homage to this great unit.