You've probably all heard by now that LCS-1, USS Freedom, will be sporting a new camouflage paint job for its Singapore deployment. The Navy proudly trumpets that the camouflage was designed by the LCS' crew.
Now, think about that for a moment. Experts have studied visual camouflage for years and yet a group of undermanned and overworked crewmembers come up with a scheme on their own. Either many experts have wasted a great deal of time over the decades or this scheme confers no real camouflage capability. I tend to believe it's the latter. This smacks of a desire for a paint job to cover up the hideously dirty condition of the LCS after more than a few days at sea and someone got the bright idea of letting the crew come up with their own version of camo. Since the camo wouldn't actually be effective anyway, why not let the crew have some fun and maybe generate a bit of pride? Nothing wrong with that. However, for the Navy to try to sell it as a legitimate camo scheme is absurd.