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	MSGID/GENADMIN/CNSL N434A24/S086/FEB//

	SUBJ/SHIPS EXTERIOR PAINT SCHEMES//

	REF/A/DOC/NAVSEA/01NOV92//

	REF/B/DOC/NAVSEA/30SEP92//

	REF/C/GENADMIN/COMNAVSEASYSCOM/210553ZMAY92//

	REF/D/GENADMIN/COMNAVSURFLANT/040059ZJUN92//

	REF/E/GENADMIN/COMNAVSEASYSCOM/130552ZJUL92//

	REF/F/GENADMIN/COMNAVSURFLANT/201853ZJUL92//

	REF/G/GENADMIN/COMNAVSEASYSCOM/090329ZDEC95//

	REF/H/GENADMIN/COMNAVSURFLANT/232309ZJUL96//

	REF/I/GENADMIN/COMNAVSURFLANT/162308ZDEC96//

	REF/J/DOC/NAVSEA/01JUN93//

	REF/K/GENADMIN/COMNAVSEASYSCOM/240338ZNOV93//

	REF/L/GENADMIN/COMNAVSURFLANT/171950ZDEC93//

	NARR/REF A IS NSTM 631, VOL 3, PRESERVATION OF SHIPS IN SERVICE - 

        SURFACE SHIP/SUBMARINE APPLICATION.  REF B IS NSTM

        S6360-AG-MAN-010,

	CAMOUFLAGE MANUAL FOR SURFACE SHIP CONCEALMENT.  REF C AND D PROVIDED

	GUIDANCE FOR SHIPS EXTERIOR PAINT SCHEMES TO FACILITATE SHIPS

	CONCEALMENT REQUIREMENTS ABOVE THE UPPER BOOTTOPPING LIMIT.

	REF E AND F PROVIDED ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE FOR SHIPS NAME AND DRAFT

	MARKS.  REF G, H AND I PROMULGATED GUIDANCE ON USE OF HIGH TEMP

	STACK PAINT.  REF J IS OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MANUAL FOR PASSIVE

	COUNTERMEASURE SYSTEMS.  REF K AND L PROVIDED GUIDANCE ON PAINTING

	OF PCM TILES AND ADJACENT AREAS OF SUPERSTRUCTURE TO ELIMINATE

	CONTRASTING HAZE GRAY APPEARANCE.//

	POC/MR B. GLENN/CIV/CNSL N434A24/LOC:NORVA/TEL:757-322-3376

	/TEL:DSN 836-3376//

	RMKS/1.  SUMMARY:  THIS MESSAGE SUMMARIZES THE REQUIREMENTS FOR

	TOPSIDE CONVERSION OF SHIP COLOR SCHEMES TO REDUCE THE AVERAGE

	CONTRAST OF THE SHIP TO THE HORIZON BY THE USE OF AN OVERALL HAZE

	GRAY APPEARANCE.  THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF BLACK AND WHITE ON

	VERTICAL OR NEAR VERTICAL SURFACES ABOVE THE UPPER BOOTTOPPING LIMIT,

	A SHIPS CAMOUFLAGE CONCEALMENT ABILITY IS ENHANCED AND THE

	PROBABILITY OF DETECTION AND TARGETING IS REDUCED.  REF A AND B

	PERTAIN.  THIS MESSAGE DOES NOT ADDRESS TRAINING ISSUES CONCERNING

	PAINTERS, REQUIREMENTS FOR PAINT REMOVAL OR CHANGES IN ENVIRONMENTAL

	LAWS.  SUBSEQUENT MESSAGES WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES.

	2.  RECENTLY, SEVERAL QUESTIONS CONCERNING VALIDATION OF SHIPS

	EXTERIOR CAMOUFLAGE PAINT SCHEME REQUIREMENTS ABOVE THE UPPER

	BOOTTOPPING LIMIT DISSEMINATED BY EARLIER GUIDANCE HAVE BEEN

	ADDRESSED FROM SHIPS AND GROUP/SQDRN COMMANDERS.

	3.  THE FOLLOWING VALIDATES EXISTING GUIDANCE AND AMPLIFIES

	REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

	A.  CONVERSION OF SURFACE SHIP EXTERIOR PAINT SCHEMES TO HAZE GRAY

	APPEARANCE IS IAW REF A AND B UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY NAVSEA

	ACN'S AND/OR TYCOM GUIDANCE.  PREVIOUS NAVSEA ACN'S AND TYCOM

	GUIDANCE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL NEXT OFFICIAL UPDATE TO

	REF A AND B.

	B.  LETTERS/HULL NBRS - REPLACE WHITE WITH LIGHT GRAY (FED-STD-595,

	COLOR 26373) AND BLACK WITH OCEAN GRAY SILICONE ALKYD ENAMEL,

	MIL-PRF-24635B, (FED-STD-595, COLOR 26173).  REF C AND D PERTAIN.

	C.  SHIPS NAME/DRAFT MARKS - REPLACE WHITE WITH LIGHT GRAY

	(FED-STD-595, COLOR 26373) AND BLACK WITH OCEAN GRAY SILICONE ALKYD

	ENAMEL (FED-STD-595, COLOR 26173).  REF E ANC F PERTAIN.

	D.  STACKS - THE INNER SURFACE OF THE STACK SHALL BE PAINTED WITH

	TWO COATS OF HEAT RESISTANT PAINT, FED SPEC. TT-P-28, OVER BARE

	METAL.  HEAT RESISTANT PAINTS OTHER THAN TT-P-28 REQUIRE NAVSEA

	APPROVAL.  REF A PERTAINS.  EXTERIOR SURFACES OF STACKS, BLISS CAPS

	AND DIESEL UPTAKES SHALL BE PAINTED WITH HIGH TEMP HAZE GRAY PAINT,

	AMERON COATINGS AMERCOAT 892HS.  THIS PRODUCT IS RECOMMENDED FOR

	OPERATING TEMPS UP TO 1000F.  APPLICATION OF SELF-PRIMING AMERCOAT

	892HS REQUIRES STRICT ADHERENCE TO SURFACE PREPARATION AND SHOULD

	NOT BE PAINTED OVER OTHER STANDARD HAZE GRAY OR BLACK SILICONE ALKYD

	PAINTS.  APPLYING HIGH TEMP STACK PAINT IN THESE AREAS ARE NOT WITHIN

	SHIPS FORCE CAPABILITY AND TASKING SHOULD BE ENTERED INTO SHIPS CSMP

	FOR DEPOT LEVEL ACCOMPLISHMENT.  REF G, H AND I PERTAIN.

	E.  PCM TILES & ADJACENT AREAS OF SUPERSTRUCTURE - PER REF J, PCM

	TILES SHALL BE PAINTED WITH MIL-E-24763, HAZE GRAY, COLOR 26270,

	WATER BASED ACRYLIC LATEX PAINT.  REF A REQUIRES VERTICAL TOPSIDE

	AREAS OF SUPERSTRUCTURE TO BE PRESERVED WITH TOPCOAT SILICONE ALKYD

	ENAMEL, HAZE GRAY, FED-STD-595, COLOR 26270.  FOR TOPSIDE COLOR

	CONTINUITY, NAVSEA AUTHORIZED USE OF HAZE GRAY LATEX ACRYLIC,

	MIL-E-24763, FOR ADJACENT AREAS OF SUPERSTRUCTURE VICE SILICONE ALKYD

	ENAMEL SPECIFIED REF A.  REF K AND L PERTAIN.

	F.  SHIP & BOAT CANOPIES - SHIP CANOPIES STOWED IN A VERTICAL OR NEAR

	VERTICAL POSITION SHALL BE PAINTED HAZE GRAY VINYL OVER CANVAS

	PRESERVATIVE TT-P-595.  REPLACEMENT CANOPIES SHOULD BE SPECIFIED IN

	HAZE GRAY, FED-STD-595, COLOR 26270.  BOAT CANOPIES SHALL BE PAINTED

	ON THE OUTSIDE WITH HAZE GRAY CANVAS PRESERVATIVE FED SPEC TT-P-595.

	UNDERSIDES SHOULD NOT BE PAINTED.  REF A, C AND D PERTAIN.

	G.  SMALL BOATS - BLACK AF SURFACE OF UNDERWATER HULL FOR SMALL BOATS

	STOWED ON BOARD SHIPS IN SERVICE ARE UNDER STUDY.  ADDITIONAL

	GUIDANCE WILL BE PROVIDED SEPCOR.  REF A THRU D PERTAIN.//

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