Monday, October 3, 2011
Ticonderoga Class CV Camouflage
For a little change of pace I thought I would offer up some U.S. camouflage examples. These were the so-called long-hulled Essex class carriers. Basically what that boiled down to was that up forward there were two quad 40mm mounts instead of the single quad mount on the short-hulls, which required a slight redesign of the bow. In the top picture is what was called Measure 21 or navy blue. I think one of the first units to operate with this measure was USS Lexington, which was called the the blue ghost of the Japanese coast. Measure 21 was subsequently applied to most of the rest of the carrier force between late 1945 and 1947. The bottom picture is measure 32, which consisted of pale gray, haze gray and blue applied in a pattern, which was used between late 1944 and early 1945.