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CONFIDENTIALPearl Harbor, T. H. September 8, 1941.
1.In reference (a), the Bureau of Ships stated that experimental tests in ship camouflage by Forces Afloat should be procsecuted vigorously. To this end, it is desired to proceed immediately with service tests of new paint colors, announced by the Bureau in reference (b), to expedite determination of their value.
2.It is therefore desired to apply each of the following measures to one of the ships in Destroyer Division NINE, plus Porter, which are scheduled to complete regular overhaul at Mare Island October 7, 1941:
Subject: Visibility of Ships - Experimental Painting.
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3.Measures outlined in paragraph 2 above (except Measure 1C) are designed to demonstrate the validity of conclusions reached in the experiments conducted in accordance with reference (a). Instructions regarding observation and reports to be made will be the subject of separate correspondence.
H. E. KIMMEL.DISTRIBUTION:
National Archives & Records Administration, San Francisco
Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Corespondence Files 1941-46
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