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1. The Bureau, in reference (a), outlined a proposed procedure for affecting application of pattern camouflage measures to vessels of the Pacific Fleet as suggested by reference (b) and approved by reference (c).
2. Enclosure (A) indicates the projected basic schedule for application of camouflage measures to the Pacific Fleet. Enclosure (B), Table I, lists sixteen Bureau patterns tentatively selected for application to several types of vessels. Table II indicates a systematic distribution of these sixteen patterns among the vessels. If, in the opinion of the Bureau, a more suitable selection of patterns can be made, for Table I, Enclosure (B), it is requested that the substitution be made as soon as possible in order that preparation of drawings may proceed. The Bureau is requested to select other designs appropriate to the remaining vessels assigned to the Pacific Fleet not covered in Table I. Copie sof new designs developed are desired for the records of this office as outlined in reference (b). It is considered advisable to provide enough basic patterns to avoid too frequent repetition and at the same time to limit the number sufficiently to make practical the preparation, application, and maintenance of the camouflage. Soft, graded patterns should be avoided until expert supervision for application may be made available.
3. In order to permit painting in accordance with the new measures, it is requested that the Bureau furnish, for ships in commission, direct to the commanding officer of each ship, one set of detailed working drawings for the application of pattern camouflage to his ship. For vessels under construction, it is requested that one set of working drawings be furnished to the
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building yard for each vessel, and one set to the prospective commanding officer. It is further requested that the Bureau furnish to the Commander Serfice Force, Pacific Fleet (Fleet Maintenance Office) a list showing design numbers and colors selected for all vessels assigned to the Pacific Fleet to which such drawings have been submitted. The Commander Serfice Force, Pacific Fleet (Fleet Maintenance Office) will in turn keep the Bureau informed as to which ships in service have been painted according to the new measures.
4. It is requested that working drawings for the application of camouflage be in the form of outboard profiles, and elevations of important elements, and deck views, scaled 1/16" to the foot, marked with lines of demarcation of the various colored areas, each area to have its color indicated by symbol. Separate drawings should be similarly marked up to indicate where white and other light paints are to be applied for countershading and countershadowing.
5. Detailed requirements for distribution of additional paint and equipment to Pacific bases are at present under preparation and will be forwarded at an early date.
6. It is requested that every effort be made to distribute working drawings to vessels assigned to the Pacific Fleet as soon as possible in order that the camouflage program may be carried out expiditiously.
C. A. DUNN
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Proposed Assignment of "Ships-2" Camouflage Measures to
Vessels of the Pacific Fleet by Types
BBs 44-16 inclusive.
Vessels of the following types assigned even serial numbers: DD and DE.
All vessels of the following type: ABD, ABSD, AFD, AGP, AGS, APc, APD, AR, ARB, ARD, ARG, LCI, LCT, LSD, LST, PF, PG, PT, PY, YFD, YMS, YN, YP, ARL, ARS, ASR, ATR, YAG.
Vessels of the following types assigned off serial numbers: AK, AP, CA, CB, CL, CV, CVE, CVL, DD, DE.
Vessels of the following types except BBs 44-46 inclusive: AD, AE, AF, AG, AGC, AKA, AM, AO, AOG, APA, APH, APV, AS, AV, AVD, AVP, BB, CGC, DM, DMS, PC, SC, YDG, YO, and IX.
Vessels of the following types assigned even serial numbers: AK, AP, CA, CB, CL, CV, CVE, and CVL.
COLORS EMPLOYED ON BASIC PATTERNS
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The below tables are not "accurate" as the patterns listed are missing the TYPE of pattern; the Pacific Fleet was working off an early set of drawings that were further revised before being placed in use. The first sheet is marked up so the reader can see the differences. The crucial item to note is that there was a systematic plan for issuing of dazzle schemes and it was not left to the individual ship's caption or even the squadron commander.
TABLE OF DISTRIBUTION OF BASIC PATTERNS TO SEVEN TYPES OF SHIPS
National Archives & Records Administration, College Park
Record Group 313 - CINCPAC Confidential Files 1943-45
Transcribed by RESEARCHER @ LARGE. Formatting & Comments Copyright R@L.
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