The next day Mitscher shifted his flag to Randolph (CV-15), the battered night carrier task group retired to the south to fuel, and Enterprise transferred her seriously wounded men to hospital ship Bountiful (AH-9). In view of the serious reduction in her operating efficiency, the carrier came about and sailed to Ulithi, where she completed temporary repairs (19–23 May), continued eastward and moored at NAS Pearl Harbor (30 May–1 June), and then made for Puget Sound, anchoring at Port Townsend, Wash., on 6 June, and the following day mooring at Bremerton. The Americans declared Okinawa secured on 21 June but the enemy aerial counterattacks continued. The fighting cost the Navy 763 aircraft and 36 ships and craft sunk and 368 damaged. At least 4,907 men on board these ships were killed or missing and 4,824 wounded. Enterprise mercifully missed the final days of carnage off Okinawa while she completed an overhaul and repairs in drydock (12 June–31 August) at Puget Sound and learned of the Japanese surrender. Enterprise steamed more than 275,000 miles during the war, and the planes that flew from her flight deck were credited with sinking or helping to sink 71 enemy ships, and damaging 192 more. The Japanese damaged the ship on six separate occasions by at least 13 hits or near-misses from bombs or suicide planes, and she also suffered hits from the two “friendly” 5-inch anti-aircraft shells.
The repairs and alterations, which included removing sponsons to permit the ship to pass through the Panama Canal, were completed on 12 September 1945. Enterprise proceeded south to NAS Alameda, where (15–18 September) she picked up 878 men for transport to NAS Pearl Harbor. She moored at Ford Island on 23 September, and the following day Vice Adm. Frederick C. Sherman hoisted his flag on board in command of TG 38.4. Enterprise next took part in Operation Magic Carpet — the return of veterans from the war zones by ships and aircraft. The ship made her maiden Magic Carpet voyage carrying 1,141 officers and men from Pearl Harbor through the Panama Canal to New York (25 September–17 October). Chilean President Juan A. Rios called on Sherman and Capt. William L. Rees, the ship’s commanding officer, at Balboa on 9 October. The carrier passed through the Panama Canal on 12 October, and reached New York on 17 October, in time to celebrate Navy Day.
She SHOULD have had a complete hull cleaning and a new coat of paint applied at that time. She left the yard in mid-September 1945 after receiving her first Magic Carpet mods. This movie was made about two months after that. She was at sea to Pearl Harbor, back to the West Coast and then to the East Coast. The paint shows being pretty beat up with additional touch-ups applied for a ship that had a complete cleaning and repainting.
A fact from original transparencies (I have scanned quite a few now and looked at more that had turned to blue or red color or faded out to a pale version), color photos aren't universally "perfect" and "constant". Look at the following three images for known ships painted in Ms 21 5-N. The first two images were scanned at NARA from the original transparencies and I did NO adjustments to them. The third image was scanned by Chuck Haberlein when he was head of the NHHC Photo Collection Office from original 35-mm slides donated to NHHC.
Fresh 5-N should look something like the first image, of USS HALSEY (DD-686) on 27 February 1945, if you go by paint sample cards.
But, 5-N faded in the South Pacific sun, got worn by operations at sea. In some color photos, like this second image OF USS St LOUIS (CL-49) on 12 July 1943, the 5-N looks a LOT lighter ... and grayer.
There was an extended period of transition in going from the older Purple-Blue paints to the newer Neutral Gray paints while existing stocks were being used up. And actually the return to Ms 22 called for using the older 5-N for sometime!!! The third image shows a destroyer, USS COTTEN (DD-669) during about August 1945, looking like she had been painted in Purple-Blues. She completed her overhaul and upgrade to the Anti-Kamikaze Mod in mid-June 1945.
Every modeler is free to decide and paint their model as they wish.