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    Re: German navigational notation
    From: Christian Scheele
    Date: 2010 Jan 29, 18:43 +0200

    I've just visited a number of websites of private German organisations whose 
    subject is either astronomy, navigation or astro-navigation. The only 
    references to latitude, longitude and declination that I encountered were in 
    terms of the familiar Greek letters phi, lambda and delta respectively. That 
    doesn't mean that the German Navy uses this notation, but it seems very 
    likely. Here's an analogy: The German military at present uses the NATO 
    radio-alphabet exclusively, although that may not always have been the case. 
    The older German radio-alphabet, on the other hand, is still widely used 
    outside the military. I know this because I have booked flights with German 
    travel agents over the phone. So if German civilians, who are not bound to 
    any norms regulating the notation of co-ordinates, commonly use the 
    Greek-letter standard notation used in the English-speaking world, then why 
    should the German military do else? Sorry I can't give you a 100% certain 
    Christian Scheele
    Cape Town

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