It looks so pretty :lol:
full storyHunter-killer boat HMS Torbay stands out from the rest of the Silent Service in her new livery: submarine blue.
And while she may stand out on the surface, beneath the waves she should be more difficult to spot â€“ visually at any rate.
Boffins at QinetiQ designed and tested the new coating in the laboratory for its stealth capability â€“ as well as its ability to withstand the elements. (Thereâ€™s no point having stealth paint if it washes off.)
Since the first British submarines slipped beneath the waves in 1901, various paint schemes have been tested to make submarines harder to spot by the naked eye.
Shallower waters, such as the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean, are particularly perilous with the distinctive outline of a boat scores of feet down visible from aircraft overhead â€“ as World War 2 deeps learned to their cost.