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

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for ARG-1

Design 6D

for ARG-1

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for ARG-1
Measure 32
Oglala (ARG-1)
Drawing

The drawing for Design 32/6D for the internal combustion engine repair ship USS Oglala (ARG-1) dated Feruary 17, 1944. This drawing specifies three vertical colors: light gray (5-L), ocean gray (5-O) and dull black (BK). The horizontal pattern colors are the standard ocean gray(5-O) and deck blue (20-B). Oglala had been sunk as a minelayer at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; was raised and rebuilt as an internal combustion repair ship and recommissioned on February 28, 1944.

The first drawing for Design 6D was included with the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the Fletcher class destroyers. Another Design 6D drawing for Fletcher was dated December 22, 1943, and it was redrawn on January 19, 1944, for the Cleveland class light cruisers and was worn by USS Birmingham (CL-62) and USS Vicksburg (CL-86) in Measure 33 colors and reportedly by USS Biloxi (CL-80) in Measure 32 colors. It was also worn by the battleships USS New Mexico (BB-40) and USS Mississippi (BB-41).

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-165761 and 80-G-165762.

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