Today's Daily Dirty Diary


Since the 16th century, world navies have utilized the art of camouflaged ships to distract the enemy. At first glance, one might be highly skeptical of the outcome; however, while a visual distortion was created, the primary intention was to make it difficult for the enemy to ascertain a ship’s travel and facing direction. This would subsequently facilitate losing contact altogether. The camouflage scheme was instrumental in allowing navies during World War I and World War II to use these ships as aircraft carriers, ocean liners, as well as transport and hospital ships. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the technique began subtly with painted canvases to hide cannon ports. Globalization and the threat of international warfare signaled a need for skilled modernization. In 1892, the U.S. Navy unveiled the USS Narkeeta which exhibited a brickwork camouflage. In 1917, the British navy upped the ante with a multi-colored camouflage that could easily blend in with port cities. In 1935, the French Navy used a more elongated physique with horizontal stripes on the Gloire, a light cruiser. This technique has only been further modernized in the 21st century with the HSwMS Helsingborg, a Visby-class corvette designed by the Swedish Army in 2003.





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