Navy Destroyer Ross new paint
Norfolk, Va. (Nov. 6, 2006) – Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) returns to her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk. Ross, part of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, was deployed in support of Operation Active Endeavor in the Mediterranean Sea. (CREDIT: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Adam Nuzzo)

Navy Reducing Workload, Spending with New Paint

New polysiloxane topside coating can last approximately seven years, making it much more cost-effective than current coats of paint.

The U.S. Navy has found an effective alternative to the paint normally used on its ships.

The new “polysiloxane topside coating” is expected to not only reduce ship weight, but also save time and money.

Ships like the Destroyer Ross will greatly benefit from the switch, according to the Navy Times.

The sailors on the Ross have begun using the new polysiloxane topside coating — more complex than the classic haze gray. It’s a two-step paint that includes a resin and hardener that requires mixing and extra care when it’s applied — and it can last more than seven years.

Current coats of paint, like the aforementioned haze gray, last between 12 and 18 months. It also adds a significant amount of weight to each ship, which, in turn, increases fuel costs, according to the Navy Times.

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