HMS Tamar, a Royal Navy Offshore Patrol vessel, has been given a makeover.

The vessel arrived in Falmouth at the start of April for a maintenance period, she’s now back in the water.

The ships Twitter account posted an image of the vessel sporting ‘Dazzle camouflage’.

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.

HMS Argus displaying a coat of dazzle camouflage in 1918

Credited to the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson, it consists of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.

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Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
5 months ago

bound for Jutland?

Taffybadger
5 months ago

Love it

Darren hall
Darren hall
5 months ago

Looks nice, is she off on a Gulf deployment?

Daniel
Daniel
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren hall

Forward deployment to the Far East I believe

Joe16
Joe16
5 months ago

Like it, should be used more often!

Ian M.
Ian M.
5 months ago

need a lot of Humbrol for QE or POW!

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
5 months ago

Looks impressive! Similar to the Visby class.

https://www.naval-technology.com/projects/visby/

Last edited 5 months ago by Nigel Collins
Mark F
Mark F
5 months ago

It gives her a menacing look.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 months ago

Good God I Love it.

John Clark
John Clark
5 months ago

Looks very cool Daniele, pimp my boat!

Lusty
Lusty
5 months ago

Oh Lordy Lord!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 months ago
Reply to  Lusty

Gets tissues out! 😜

Lusty
Lusty
5 months ago

Hah!

Something different
Something different
5 months ago

Cool, must have unlocked the new skin for the vessel after some levelling up, or maybe they got it in a loot box?

Ron5
Ron5
5 months ago

Superb!!!!!

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

Looks good but who are we hiding an OPV from?

DRS
DRS
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

is this ever likely to help with any missiles or just with mark 1 eyeball? DO we have any paints that return/absorb different radar signatures to help with missiles?

Matt
Matt
5 months ago
Reply to  DRS

Might help for future missiles that rely on AI / image recognition to get a lock instead of other more traditional jammable homing missile methods
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Steve Salt
Steve Salt
5 months ago

Looks really smart.

geoff
geoff
5 months ago

Is that for real or just CG fake news. Modern RN vessels are surely only painted in shades of Admiralty Grey? Changes the complete look of the ship including breaking up its sleek lines.

Deep32
Deep32
5 months ago

Beats ‘Pusser’s Grey’ any day of the week!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

DaveNBC
DaveNBC
5 months ago

I hope I’m not being too pedantic, but it’s more akin to modern Swedish camouflage than dazzle. The latter was much more outlandish and dramatic in breaking up the shape as an attempt to confuse U-Boat captains (as in the picture of HMS Argus) and much brighter colours were originally used.

The clue’s in the name.

Chris
Chris
5 months ago

Very good indeed.

Ross
Ross
5 months ago

Looks really nice have to say!

DP
DP
5 months ago

Begs the question …. “is there a direct threat to our OPVs from U-boats now then?”. Does this mean an ASW sonar, anti-sub missile and Wildcat upgrade in the offing for our OPV fleet? Sorry, couldn’t resist, most articles about the OPV fleet on here usually end up with some comment about how they’re under-armed etc …. Would be interested in know what prompted this new colour scheme though, purely commemorative or a more purposeful function? Maybe if the Tamar is going up against RADAR-less Iranian fast patrol boats it’ll serve a genuine purpose?

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  DP

Seems to me that they are intended to dazzle French fishermen.

DP
DP
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

😜

Andrew D
Andrew D
5 months ago

Looks great wonder if it catches on to bigger Types one day πŸ‘

James Fennell
James Fennell
5 months ago

I imagine its a test for camo in littoral warfare. Might be applied to LSS and Type 31/32 in future.

Frank62
Frank62
5 months ago

Great to see.