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Biannual technical publication offering advice and guidance on coatings for application to Royal Naval surface ships and submarines.


Warpaint: Issue 49, October 2021

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Warpaint: Issue 48, April 2021

Warpaint: Issue 47, November 2020

Warpaint: Issue 46, April 2020

Warpaint: Issue 45, September 2019

Warpaint: Issue 44, March 2019

Warpaint: issue 43, September 2018

Warpaint: issue 42, April 2018

Warpaint: issue 36, September 2014

Warpaint: issue 35, January 2014

Warpaint: issue 30, March 2010


Warpaint is published by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) in March and September, and offers advice and guidance on coatings for application to Royal Naval surface ships and submarines.

Warpaint is the DE&S Ships main guidance document of acceptable paint coatings for in-service and new-build Royal Naval vessels. However, not all approved coatings are listed in Warpaint as paint manufacturers’ are constantly striving to improve their current paint systems. Consequently their ‘Whole ship specifications/annexes’ are regularly updated. Should a coating therefore be proposed which is not listed in Warpaint, confirmation of acceptance must be obtained from DES Ships WSpt-CET Husbandry.

The latest issue of BR3939 can be obtained from DES Ships WSpt-CET-Husbandry if there is a justified business requirement.

Published 30 March 2010
Last updated 29 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Addition of 'Warpaint: Issue 49, October 2021'.

  2. Added: Warpaint: Issue 48, April 2021.

  3. Added: Warpaint: Issue 47, November 2020.

  4. Addition of Warpaint: Issue 46, April 2020.

  5. Added Warpaint: Issue 45, September 2019.

  6. Added Warpaint: Issue 44, March 2019.

  7. Added Warpaint: issue 43, September 2018.

  8. Added Issue 42 and updated the 'details' section.

  9. Added issue 41, March 2017

  10. Added Warpaint: issue 40, September 2016.

  11. Added Warpaint: issue 39, March 2016.

  12. Added latest issue 38 of Warpaint.

  13. Added Warpaint: issue 37, March 2015.

  14. Added issue 36 September 2014.

  15. Added "Issue 35: January 2014".

  16. Updated the statement about the future of the Warpaint publication.

  17. First published.