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ATLANTIC FLEET CONFIDENTIAL LETTER 4CL-41
2. There has been authorized a composite style of camouflage painting - styled measure 12 - which will be reasonably effective in all latitudes and in all conditions of visibility, namely -
(a) hull to level of first continuous sheer (deck) line - sea blue (dark gray); N. B.-In carriers, the hanger deck will be considered "first continuous sheer line".
(b) (1) superstructure - above line of sea blue (dark gray) of (a) -to level of top of high turret(s) or equivalent - sea blue (dark gray);
(c) pole masts and their yards - and slender upper works above (b) -haze gray (light gray).
3. In order that a useful amount of experience may be gained and pending the availability of "sea blue" and "haze gray", all ships (except Greenland Patrol) will, not later than the next time of painting and earlier as practicable, paint to conform to the composite style (measure 12) of paragraph 2. This change in painting may be done gradually, as by extending the dark upwards to the level prescribed in 2(a) and by filling in the ocean gray as prescribed in 2(b).
4. Paint or otherwise cover bright work on weather decks, outside of superstructures, etc. Black paint shall not be used except where specified in reference (a).
5. Instructions as to staining wood decks will be issued when suitable stains become available. All metal decks and other horizontal surfaces will be painted as directed in the reference.
6. Previous instructions as to camouflage painting of surface ships of this Fleet are hereby cancelled.
G. L. RUSSELL.
Transcribed by RESEARCHER @ LARGE. Formatting & Comments Copyright R@L.
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