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
8 days ago

bound for Jutland?

Taffybadger
8 days ago

Love it

Darren hall
Darren hall
8 days ago

Looks nice, is she off on a Gulf deployment?

Daniel
Daniel
8 days ago
Reply to  Darren hall

Forward deployment to the Far East I believe

Joe16
Joe16
8 days ago

Like it, should be used more often!

Ian M.
Ian M.
8 days ago

need a lot of Humbrol for QE or POW!

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
8 days ago

Looks impressive! Similar to the Visby class.

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

Last edited 8 days ago by Nigel Collins
Mark F
Mark F
8 days ago

It gives her a menacing look.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
8 days ago

Good God I Love it.

John Clark
John Clark
8 days ago

Looks very cool Daniele, pimp my boat!

Lusty
Lusty
8 days ago

Oh Lordy Lord!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
7 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

Gets tissues out! 😜

Lusty
Lusty
7 days ago

Hah!

Something different
Something different
8 days 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
8 days ago

Superb!!!!!

Rob
Rob
7 days ago

Looks good but who are we hiding an OPV from?

DRS
DRS
7 days 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
7 days 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
7 days ago

Looks really smart.

geoff
geoff
7 days 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
7 days ago

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

DaveNBC
DaveNBC
7 days 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
7 days ago

Very good indeed.

Ross
Ross
7 days ago

Looks really nice have to say!

DP
DP
7 days 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
7 days ago
Reply to  DP

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

DP
DP
7 days ago
Reply to  Rob

😜

Andrew D
7 days ago

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

James Fennell
James Fennell
7 days ago

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

Frank62
Frank62
4 days ago

Great to see.