Ship Camouflage Instructions
United States Navy
Ships - 2 
Revision 2
Bureau of Ships
June 1942

Camouflage Painting Measures

 Measure 9 - Black System for Submarines.


Lowest visibility when submerged.  When on surface low visibility to aerial observers in all types of weather, except up-sun in bright weather.  When on surface high visibility to surface observers in all types of weather.

Method of Application

Black Formula 82

Paint entire submarine above the waterline black.   The painting shall be carried over all parts which are visible for the air including the numbers, capstan and running light boards and bridge rails.  

The radio insulators shall be dark.  The shall be no boot topping.  The underbody shall be painted with the current issues of bottom antifouling paints.


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