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FLEET CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE 4CN-40
1.Investigation of painting systems by the Department and the Forces Afloat to determine the best compromise system for destroyers resulted in the choice of solid matte black for exterior surfaces except topmasts for which war color was chosen, tentatively. Destroyer Divisions SIX and SEVEN are painted in this manner. They will be in Fleet Problem XXI but will remain at Pearl Harbor after Fleet Problem XXI. It is desired that these ships be observed at every opportunity during Fleet Problem XXI and that full reports be made of the effectiveness of the dull black paint under all conditions of visibility, light and employment. Reports should be submitted not later than 25 May 1940.
2.It is directed that suitable officer observers from surface ships and aircraft be designated to make the observations and in addition all officers are encouraged to make and report observations. In previous tests there were few observation reports from senior officers. It is desired that senior officers report their observations and opinions whenever practicable.
4.The, list which follows contains suggestions on which to base observations. They are not intended to be restrictive. More detailed information is contained in reference (a), which was given wide distribution.
5.As a means of identification, dark gray bands are painted on the stacks of the ships of Division SIX and dark gray bow numerals on the ships of Division SEVEN.
J. 0. RICHARDSONDISTRIBUTION:
List I, Case 2, D, G-K, M-T,
EN3, EN4, EN7, FF6, FF8, NB18,
NY8, NY9, NY10, ONISP.
List III, Case 1, A-C, E, F, L.
Patwing 1 and Desdiv 62 (direct).
George C. Dyer,
Transcribed by RESEARCHER @ LARGE. Formatting & Comments Copyright R@L.
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