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Dan Cyr10 Jul 2015 8:13 a.m. PST

I've seen a number of pictures of UK warships that have a two (2) letter marking on their "B" turret tops.

EX on the Exeter and NE on the Nelson for example.

Were these common and what period did they carry them?

I'm thinking during the SCW, but the pictures I've seen are early WWII.

Also, some are in RED and some in WHITE. Was there a pattern to the colors?



Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jul 2015 8:48 a.m. PST

I'm not sure when they were introduced, but they were normal practice in '39-'40, and seem to have disappeared as the fleet generally switched from light grey to camouflage in late 1940.

Good example here:

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2015 8:55 a.m. PST

Dom, That is an interesting link.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jul 2015 9:05 a.m. PST

(As a PS, I can't recall seeing them on destroyers etc. so possibly they were mainly intended to make life easy for returning seaplanes….)

Dan Cyr11 Jul 2015 3:54 p.m. PST

Thanks, Dom.


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2015 7:39 a.m. PST

As when they had Rodney and Nelson together, it would be mighty embarrassing landing the sea plane for the wrong one, missing your kit for the night and all that.

HobbyGuy16 Jul 2015 9:07 a.m. PST

Nice link of paint scheme on that Perth site.

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