Navy blue

Navy blue
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#000080
HSV       (h, s, v)(240°, 100%, 50%)
sRGBB  (rgb)(0, 0, 128)
ISCC–NBS descriptorVivid blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Navy blue is a very dark shade of the color blue.

French sailor in dark blue uniform

Navy blue got its name from the dark blue (contrasted with naval white) worn by officers in the Royal Navy since 1748 and subsequently adopted by other navies around the world. When this color name, taken from the usual color of the uniforms of sailors, originally came into use in the early 19th century, it was initially called marine blue, but the name of the color soon changed to navy blue.[2]

An early use of navy blue as a color name in English was in 1840[3] though the Oxford English Dictionary has a citation from 1813.

In practice, many navies have changed their actual blue uniforms to outright black, which is less susceptible to fading.

  1. ^ "CSS Color Module Level 3".
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 168 Discussion of color navy blue
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 103; Color Sample of Navy blue: Page 131 Plate 40 Color Sample E11