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USS Arizona - December 7, 1941, Measure 1


Few other ships have engendered the controversy that surrounds Arizona's colour at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour, with heated words, threats and imprecations being flung about nearly as thick and fast as Japanese bombs and torpedoes that fateful morning. We're going to stand well clear, and simply offer the following: 

USS Arizona  is known to have painted into Measure 1 in mid-1941. If you are among those who believe that she did not repaint after her collision with USS Oklahoma in October 1941 and was still in Measure 1 at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. If you are in the Blue Campthese are the colours you need:

All vertical surfaces between the top of the boot-topping and the top of the funnel, and all steel decks & steel horizontals—5-D Dark Gray (US 02);

All vertical surfaces above the top of the funnel—5-L Light Gray (US 03);

Wood decks—Teak (C 01)*;

Boot-topping—Black (C 02);

Underwater Hull—Norfolk 65-A Antifouling Red (US 14);

Roofs of Turrets 1, 2 & 4—Insignia Red (ACUS 26).

OS2U Kingfisher aircraft--Non-specular Blue-Gray (ACUS 06) over Non-specular Light Gray (ACUS 05).

*Some believe that Arizona's wood decks were painted. If so, and if they followed the practice applied to USS Texas in her application of Measure 2A, the wood decks would have been painted 5-D Dark Gray.


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