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USS Arizona - December 7, 1941, Measure 2A


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: 

If you are in the Gray Camp;

For those who believe that USS Arizona had repainted into Measure 2A, here are the colours you'll need:

Measure 2A

All vertical surfaces from the top of boot-topping waterline up to the line of the main deck—5-D Dark Gray (US 04); 
All vertical surfaces from the line of the main deck up to the level of the top of the funnel—5-O Ocean Gray (US 06);
All vertical surfaces above the top of the funnel including masts, topmasts, and yards—5-L Light Gray (US 03);

Decks and horizontal surfaces, including those laid with wood—5-D Dark Gray (US 04);

Boot-topping—Black ( C 02);

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

Roofs of turrets 1, 2 and 4—Insignia Red ( ACUS 26).

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


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