1.Previous instructions as to camouflage painting of ships of this Fleet are hereby cancelled.
2.Ships of this Fleet will paint in accordance with camouflage instructions contained in reference (a) as follows:
(a) Submarines — measure 9.
(b) Surface ships (except hospital ships and CONSTELLATION) - measure 12, using Navy Blue, 5-N paint, in lieu of Sea Blue, 5-S paint.
The color Navy Blue is designated by formula 5-N and is produced by adding 15 pints of tinting material, formula
5-TM, to 5 gallons of untinted white base, formula 5-U.
3.Splotches of irregular form shall be painted:
(a) on director towers, control stations, bridges, turrets (mounts) and smoke pipes of surface
ships to break up "surfaces and corners of surfaces useful in estimating course angles," especially those which are
These splotches should be of Haze Gray color and not more than "about 1/3 of the area of the surface in
(b) on the hull and adjacent superstructure of ships, as practicable, to make the dividing line between Navy Blue and Ocean Gray other than regular.
These splotches should be obtained by extending the Navy Blue paint into the designated Ocean Gray paint area and vice versa. They should be about 1/3 the area of a rectangle 12 feet high by 20 feet long.
4.Boats shall be painted same color as the vicinity in which they are secured for sea and shall not show any ship designation. For the present, barges may be continued with their distinctive painting provided that suitably-painted covers are provided for sea.
E. J. KING.
(Atlantic List) List I, Case 2, A, M, X.
(Pacific List) A1 (For Type Cdrs.).
CinCAF (10), EN1-EN11, EN22, ND1-ND15, NY1-NY7, Supervisor of Shipbuilding: Bath, Maine; Camden, N. J.; Newport News, Va.; 11 Broadway, New York, N.Y.; Quincy, Mass.
G. L. RUSSELL,
National Archives & Records Administration, Seattle Branch
Record Group 181, Classified Central Subject Files, 1934-41.
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