Navy blue

Navy blue
About these coordinates

— Color coordinates —

Hex triplet #000080
sRGBB (r, g, b) (0, 0, 128)
HSV (h, s, v) (240°, 100%, 50%)
Source HTML/CSS[1]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Navy blue is a very dark shade of the color blue which almost appears as black. Navy blue got its name from the dark blue (contrasted with white) worn by officers in the British Royal Navy since 1748 and subsequently adopted by other navies around the world.

When this color, 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]

The first recorded use of Navy blue as a color name in English was in 1840.[3]


Navy blue in culture



  • The color navy was on the original 16 HTML/CSS colors initially formulated for standardized computer display in the late 1980s.



  • Navy Blue is the name of an album by Diane Renay (all the songs on the CD are about sailors).[5]
  • NAVY BLUE is the title of a single by Rina Aiuchi which was related on October 3, 2001.


Navy blue is used by numerous professional and collegiate sports teams:


  1. ^ W3C TR CSS3 Color Module, HTML4 color keywords
  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
  5. ^ Diane Renay’s website
  6. ^ Club History – Philadelphia Union (official website).
  7. ^ History of the Chicago Bears Uniform – Chicago Bears (official website).

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