U.S. Navy Ships in WWII Dazzle Camouflage 1944-1945


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Sims Class

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Sims were an improved Benham class with single stacks five 5-inch guns, and 12 torpedo tubes.

Ships in red are not confirmed by photographic or textual research.
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Hull NumberNameClassCamouflage DesignDesign DatePaint DateNotes Other
DD-409SimsSimsNA - Lost 5/7/42
DD-412HammannSimsNA - Lost 6/6/42
DD-415O'BrienSimsNA - Lost 10/19/43
DD-416WalkeSimsNA - Lost 11/15/42
DD-420BuckSimsNA - Lost 10/9/43


Indicates the date that the Bureau of Ships sent to the ship or shipyard drawings and instructions to paint that camouflage design. That directive was usually followed and camouflage completion photos were returned to the Bureau. For the rows that are marked red, no verification memos or photos have yet been found.
Not applicable.


Assigned to Design in ComServPac 10/11/43 letter #0937 to BuShips.
Reassigned to a new Design by the Bureau of Ships 6/10/44 memo to ComServPac that listed ships that had been reassigned from the 10/11/43 letter #0937.
A July 19, 1944 letter #02098 from CinCLant requested BuShips to paint all Atlantic Fleet destroyers in camouflage 32/3D during each ship's next shipyard overhaul.