SEAL TEAM REVERSABLE IR PATCH
FALLUJAH, IRAQ – JULY 27: A U.S. Navy SEAL prepares his night vision goggles for a mission to capture Iraqi insurgent leaders July 27, 2007 near Fallujah, Iraq. American Special Forces operate throughout Iraq, targeting “high-value targets” in commando raids, often at night to take advantage of their night vision superiority. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
First time to see the patch on the photo, I thought it was just a simple IR patch with white stencil number spray paint on it and I did not know what was the patch for either. Later on when I was able to get my hands on this patch I realize it is much better then what I just though the patch would be, It is a reversable, dual IR unit patch for the SEAL operators, the number indicates or identify the operator among the SEAL TEAM members, they would just fast glim on the number and know who is their fellow brother beside them during combat missions. the black side I called it “SIDE A” have both IR reflection and night glow on the letter 13 so the operator can also see it without the NVG and the IR function is much brighter then the “SIDE B” Khaki side.
This is the “SIDE B” the low profile khaki side of the patch, it is not as easy to identify as the “SIDE A” because it is specially design for when operators are using NVG during their operation. on the patch they used tan color codura for covering the IR and only expose the number with laser cutting on the codura so I think this work craft is really complicated and it has real IR reflect function, it is way better then other fake IR patches out there in the market.
Will post the night glow and under NVG mode patch photos soon.