HMS Spey, a Royal Navy Offshore Patrol vessel, has been given a makeover.
The vessel can be seen sporting her new paint job below.
Yes, the weather might be a bit grey, but little do you know we ordered it specially to test the efficiency of our new paint… it's coming along nicely!#SorryNotSorry #Speytacular@apgroupuk @RNinScotland pic.twitter.com/QCfM6UjcTa
— HMS Spey (@HMS_Spey) May 20, 2021
Dazzle camouflage was a family of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I, and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards.
Credited to the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson, it consists of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.
The Royal Navy say they plan to paint all five second-generation River-class ships with the dazzle scheme in due course to give them a unique identity in the Fleet.
HMS Tamar was also recently seen sporting the new paint scheme, you can read more about that here.
Commander David Louis, Commander of the Overseas Patrol Squadron, was quoted as saying that the Royal Navy had decided to give the River-class ships a distinct identity to recognise their extended missions.
“Dazzle has much less military value in the 21st Century although there is still value in littoral environments when viewed against the background of land. It is very much more about supporting the unique identity of the squadron within the Royal Navy as part of their forward presence mission.”