USS Freedom’s Razzle Dazzle

Have you ever looked at an old photo of a U.S. Navy ship and wondered why some of them had strange paint schemes?

Razzle Dazzle

USS Alaska (CB-1) probably in the Hampton Roads area, Summer-Fall 1944. (Image from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)

Razzle Dazzle was the technical term for a ship’s camouflage paint scheme, and the U.S. Navy employed this technique during World Wars I and II. While it didn’t quite make a ship invisible, especially from above, the camouflage did make it difficult for an attacker to determine a ship’s course and distance.

The practice has since gone out-of-fashion, that was until USS Freedom (LCS 1) received her paint job.

Take a look behind the scenes at the process involved in painting this great ship.



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