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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:53 pm 
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And regarding NV and OK: why only these two BBs in Measure 5 at the end of 1941?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:30 am 
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The Pacific Fleet evaluated the "new camo" measures during the summer of 1941. Battle Fleet ships of various types were selected and various schemes from the original "officially" designated schemes were applied. USS NEVADA and USS OKLAHOMA were among the few battleships designated to have the false bow waves applied. In a 19 April 1941 memo, the Battle Force commander selected besides USS NEVADA and USS OKLAHOMA, USS COLORADO and USS MISSISSIPPI to be so painted. USS NEW MEXICO was substituted for MISSISSIPPI to have Ms 5 applied and was observed for evaluation on 19 May 1941. Only these battleships were painted with Ms 5. USS NEW MEXICO and her sisters were soon (departed on 20 May 1941) reassigned to the Atlantic Fleet and was repainted to "Atlantic Fleet" standards. USS COLORADO went to PSNY for overhaul (departing on 25 June 1941) and her Ms 5 was eventually overpainted.

At the end of the evaluations, the conclusion was that Ms 5 was not effective and ordered that it be removed/overpainted when opportunity was available. In any result, both USS NEVADA and USS OKLAHOMA still had Ms 5 at least into November 1941.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 12:50 pm 
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Thank you, Rick. Much appreciated.


Anybody on the Tennessee question?


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