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    "Canoe U" and celestial nav
    From: Jonathon C McLendon
    Date: 1998 Jun 16, 2:42 PM

    Reply To: mclejc{at}aur.alcatel.com
    Organization: Alcatel Network Systems - ADSL Engineering
    From- mclejc{at}aur.alcatel.com (Jonathon C McLendon)
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    From the AP line some time back...
    The names match up with the Naval Academy web pages.
    
    Naval Academy drops celestial navigation class
    
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The computer has sunk the ancient art of celestial
    navigation at the Naval Academy.
    
    In the new academic year, midshipmen will no longer have to learn the often tedious
    task of using a wedge-shaped sextant to look at the stars and plot a ship's course.
    Instead, the academy is adding a few extra lessons on how to navigate by
    computer.
    
    Naval officials said using a sextant, which is accurate to a three-mile radius, is
    obsolete. A satellite-linked computer can pinpoint a ship within 60 feet.
    
    Academy Superintendent Adm. Charles Larson said he never even used celestial
    navigation in the fleet.
    
    ``But I did have a commander who made me use a sextant just to prove I could do
    it,'' he said.
    
    Some old-timers consider it sacrilegious to eliminate a class that has been taught
    since the academy was established in 1845. But Cmdr. Mark Clemente, chairman of
    the academy's leadership, ethics and law department, said change usually sparks
    debate.
    
    ``They probably had the same kind of battle when the Navy gave up sails,'' he said.
    
    
    Rick Emerson wrote:
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    > I'm sure this has already been discussed here but does anyone know
    > *for sure* (that is, you're currently on the faculty, a midshipman, or
    > a support person at the Naval Academy) whether celestial has been
    > dropped from the program?  It's my impression this is only a rumor (or
    > new urban legend?) and that celestial nav training has *not* been
    > dropped altogether.
    >
    > Rick
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