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Pictured in one of todays papers,HMS Torbay leaving Devonport painted "BLUE",the rest of them to be changed by the end of the year.Is this a wind up or an early April 1st?
 

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Anyone else paint their Subs blue? Or are we patrolling the Pacific these days, come to think of it the blue may be too dark.
 

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Apparently its because we've moved operations from the dark, deep North Altlantic (Cold War era), to the Bluer seas of the Gulf. They reckon blue is harder to spot in middle eastern climates!
 

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Hope they do not deploy them to either the Red Sea or the Yellow sea
You wouldn't be thinking of missile range of a certain Middle East country? Avoiding a trajectory over Chinese territory whose Government might just think that it came from Formosa and react accordingly.
 

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This months Navy News has a couple of pictures and an article about HMS Torbay in her new colour scheme. They also used it for an April fools wind up a couple of pages before the article with the same image, but with the sub completely taken out of the picture! (*))
 

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Strange to say the RN painted its subs Dark Blue during WW2 as they found that was the best colour for them to avoid being seen from the air. A colour called PB2 I think. Nice to know that things never really change.
 

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Thinking that they may have to paint them Red or Yellow, although yellow sub would not be new.
There has been a submarine painted red as well. (or was it bright Orange). The idea being to find it more easily. I think it was one of the Porpoise class, near the end of her life, converted to be sunk and raised, training salvage crews I believe. Anyone else remember it?
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I've never understood why navies insist upon painting submarines black. It's never struck me as a particularly inconspicuous color at sea. I suppose it's simply one of those long-established naval traditions that has become impossible to break.

The most effective camouflage I ever saw applied to a sub was by the Israeli Navy, which paints theirs in a sort of pale green. It may sound weird but it works really well. Their submarines are very difficult to spot while underway, whether underwater or on the surface.
 

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Could the overall black colour of submarines have been something to do with the anti-fouling colour selection available?
These days most submarines are covered in anechoic sound absorbing "rubber" tiles, again, maybe, as with the Model T. You can have any colour you want, as long as it is black.
 
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