U.S. Navy Ships in WWII Dazzle Camouflage 1944-1945

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Design 7D

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Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for BB-45
Measure 32
West Virginia (BB-48)
Drawing

align="left"> The drawing for Measure 32 Design 7D drawn for the Colorado class battleships as modernized dated March 18, 1944. This drawing used the three Measure 32 colors of dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L) vertically with a pattern of deck blue (20-B) and ocean gray on the horizontal surfaces. This profile and plan was really of the Tennessee class as modernized which carried 14-inch guns in triple turrets versus the Colorado class USS West Virginia which carried 16-inch guns in twin turrets.

A Design 7D drawing was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the DD-381 Somers class of destroyers. On August 19, 1943, it appeared for the Fletcher class destroyers. Design 7D was redrawn for the Farragut class destroyers, the Gamble class light minelayers and for the Chandler class high speed minesweepers; it was worn by, at least, USS Gamble (DM-15), USS Sicard (DM-21) and USS Hamilton (DMS-18). This design was also slightly modified and drawn for the Portland class heavy cruisers on March 21, 1944, using three colors and worn by the cruisers USS Portland (CA-33) and USS Indianapolis (CA-35) and it was worn by the battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48).

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-109733 and 80-G-109734.

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