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Re: Austin Class LPD question
From what I recall from my time in the pre-canister Navy the fixed metal racks were always haze grey. You could not actually see the rafts because they were stacked 2 high in the racks and then covered with a piece of waterproof canvas, I've seen the canvas in dark gray, black and haze grey, depending on what the shipyards's canvas shop had available I guess.
On the sides forward there were rows of raft racks in the sides of the hull (before they went to raft canisters). What color were the rafts ? They look dark in b&w photos.
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