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1. In accordance with Pacific Fleet letter, reference (a), Commander Service Force, Pacific Fleet (FMO), desires that the subject classes of vessels be assigned camouflage measures as outlined below by references (b) and (f).
2. By reference (b), the following classes of ships are to retain measure 12, 21, or 22 if presently applied. If present painting does not conform to one of these measures, measure 21 is to be applied:
AE, AF, AG, AGS, AK, AKS, AO, AOG, IX oil storage and shuttle tankers, APH, AR, ARH, ARB, ARG, ARS, ATA, ATF, ATO, ATR, PC, PCE(R), PCS, SC, YTB, YTM, YTL, docks and barges assigned to Commander, Service Force, Pacific Fleet, and AP's assigned to Commander Service Squadron 8.
3. By reference (c) the following additional classes were assigned measure 21:
AB, ABSD, AD, AFD, AN, APB, APC, APL, AR, ARD, AW, TAG, YC, YCK, YDG, YF, YFD, YNG, YNT, YO, YOG, YRD(H), YRD(M).
4. In addition to the remaining classes of non-self-propelled, barges not specifically mentioned above by letter designation, the following general types are to be painted measure 21, being considered as coming under the docks and barges assigned to Commander, Service Force, Pacific Fleet, mentioned in paragraph 2: self-propelled lighters and barges, and derricks, floating workshops, dredges and sludge removal barges, whether self-propelled or not.
5. By reference (d), AV, AVD, AVP, AKV, ARV, DD, IX, YF, where assigned to Commander Air Force, Pacific Fleet, are to be painted measure 21.
6. LST conversions, except ARB's listed in Paragraph 2, are to be painted measure 31, design 5L or 8L by reference (e). Design 5L is to be applied to odd and 8L to even numbered hulls.
7. Reference (f), giving the policy of Commander Submarines, Pacific Fleet, for camouflage of AS and ASR vessels, is quoted in part as follows:
For AS's and ASR's in service the appropriate command afloat should designate either measure 12 or 21 to be applied so as to best comply with the above policy depending on the actual operating conditions involved. AS's and ASR's under construction, are to be painted measure 21 subject to later changes in service only if conditions warrant.
8. The remaining auxiliaries and patrol craft, except PT's, assigned to the Peciflc Fleet for which the Bureau has made no specific assignment of measure 12, 21, or 22, are to receive any one of these three measures so assigned as to divide them approximately evenly among the ships of the particular tactical unit involved, in accordance with reference (a). For vessels in service, this assignment should be made on this basis by the appropriate command afloat. For vessels under construction or conversion, the supervising naval activity is to divide the three measures evenly among each class of vessels under his cognizance. In both cases, the Bureau should be advised of the measure applied, to each ship concerned by the painting activity. Note that this is not required for vessels for which a specific measure has been authorized by the Bureau.
9. The original definition of measure 12, 21, and 22 in reference (g) has now been modified in accordance with the change in paint specifications outlined in reference (h) as follows:
Apply a horizontal band of #7 Navy Gray (5-N) for the entire length of the hull from the boottopping to the height of the main deck at its lowest point (on carriers to the height of the hangar deck). Above this level apply #17 Ocean Gray (5-0) to vertical surfaces including superstructure, stacks and masts. In absence of boottopping extend lower band from light load line.
Apply Deck Gray (20) to decks and all other horizontal surfaces exposed to the weather.
Apply #7 Navy Gray (5-N) to all vertical surfaces without exception.
Apply Deck Gray (20) to all deck and other horizontal surfaces.
Apply a horizontal band of Navy Blue (5-NB) or #7 Navy Gray (5-N) if blue not available to the hull for its entire length and extending from the boottopping to the height of the main deck at its lowest point (on carriers to the level of the hangar deck). Apply Haze Gray (5-H) to all vertical surface above that level. In absence of boottopping, extend lower band from light load line.
Apply Deck Gray (20) to decks and all other horizontal surfaces exposed to weather.
It should be noted that #7 Navy Gray has been substituted for Navy Blue retaining the same designation (5-N), and Deck Gray (20) has been substituted for Deck Blue (20-B) in measure 12 and 21. Countershading is no longer authorized.
10. The Bureau authorizes the application of camouflage as outlined above subject to the approval of the authority granting availability for vessels in service, and for application to all new construction and conversions where no delay in completion will be involved.
W. F. Christmas
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