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Re: US Chicago "Blue" or USS Houston "Blue"?
As far as I can work out Chicago was only in Sydney twice in her life. The end of May 1942 and August 1942 after Savo. They seem to be the only times when her paint colour could have been observed and matched. The two unknowns are what colour she was in at the time the colour was matched and what was the colour matched to? Did they have a sample of the real paint or did they match to an article sent over to Garden Island? Did the USN issue sample chips for the colour to matched to? I don't know about paint fade but brain fade is setting in.
She could well have been faded 5-N, as it did tend to chalk and fade quite badly.
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