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Blue Submarine


It is perhaps the ultimate stealth vessel. The Royal Navy has painted one of its submarines in fetching shades of blue to camouflage it in the sea and stop it being spotted by enemy forces. Britain's entire submarine fleet could turn the colour of the waves if the disguise now being tested on the nuclear hunter-killer sub Trenchant proves to be successful. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are conducting 'visual signature' trials to make the sub harder to spot in the water. We are basically challenging the view that submarines should always be black." Major advances in acoustic technologies mean that British submarines are now much harder to find with sonar or radar - but, when on or near the surface, they can still easily be seen by satellite, aircraft or the human eye. The new trial is designed to make the submarines blend in with the water when they are on the surface. One advantage of a submarine is that it can be deployed unseen to a troublespot ready for immediate action. But as likely flashpoints have moved from the deep waters of the North Atlantic to much shallower, littoral waters such as the Persian Gulf, the need for surface camouflage has become more pressing. Two shades of blue coating are being trialled by Trenchant, one of the Navy's most experienced boats, which has seen service in the Gulf and the Adriatic. The blue is believed simply to be paint applied to the black acoustic tiles, though there is some concern among Navy engineers that this may affect sonar-absorption. Full article by Andrew Gilligan, Defence Correspondent - Electronic Telegraph


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