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Posted by Ron Smith on February 8, 2020, 7:27:33, in reply to "Re: Nope
You're welcome. Two reasons to paint her decks. 1- simple protection from the elements while salvage work proceeds. 2- to lessen her visibility as a target in case of future attacks, very much a concern for a few months.
Thanks, that is what I figured looking at this pic but I questioned myself after seeing those shots. It's interesting that they felt it necessary to try to conceal a ship that was already sunk.
Aerials taken shortly after the attack show her decks as light.
These images are of USS California as she lays on the bottom of Pearl Harbor in March of 1942. The interesting thing about these images is that her decks are painted. Now the question is, were they painted before or after she sank?
We know for a fact that Nevada and Tennessee's decks were painted before the attack. Now we have to ask if at least California's decks were also painted.
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