The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is preparing to honour the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic which will be commemorated throughout 2020 by painting Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Moncton and Regina in a Second World War Admiralty disruptive paint scheme. This scheme is sometimes colloquially referred to as ‘dazzle’ paint.
The Battle of the Atlantic (BOA) was the longest battle of the Second World War and one in which Canada played a central role. The heritage paint scheme is just one way the RCN will commemorate its legacy, pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate those who continue to serve today.
HMCS Moncton recently returned to the Halifax waterfront painted in a retro white and blue wave pattern, following the ship’s recently completed planned docking period at the Shelburne Ship Repair yard. Work on HMCS Regina, which will be painted in a white and blue geometric scheme, is currently underway at CFB Esquimalt, and is expected to be complete by mid-October. Both ships will remain in their retro paint schemes for approximately one year and will showcase this important chapter in Canada’s naval history to Canadians and the world alike.
HMCS Moncton will proudly showcase its dazzle paint to Canadians when it participates in next year’s Great Lakes Deployment. The public will have the opportunity to see the ship up close, meet with sailors and tour the vessel when it visits communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes.
Next summer HMCS Regina is set to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2020 (RIMPAC) and will make a dramatic entrance into Pearl Harbor for the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.
During the Second World War, these unique and unusual paint schemes were used as a form of camouflage. The unusual patterns made targeting more difficult and disrupted our enemy’s ability, particularly the ability of enemy submarines, to accurately track ships. Each ship had its own unique pattern, making it harder for enemies to identify classes of ships based on physical markings.