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    LORAN-C to be shut down.
    From: Jeremy C
    Date: 2009 Dec 4, 11:09 EST
    I read the following on a maritime forum site.  Looks like LORAN-C systems run by the US will be shut down sooner than we thought.
    The US Coast Guard released an internal message advising of the imminent termination of the long range aid to navigation Loran-C. Current plans call for the termination process to commence on 4 January 2010. The process is expected to take several months. ALCOAST 675/09 (11/25/09). Note: This will mark the end of an era that started during World War II. The Loran system has improved greatly over the years and was on the edge of yet another advance: to enhanced Loran (eLoran). It is unclear how other nations, which operate their own independent Loran-C systems, will react to this development.
    Courtesy: Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 1 December 2009
    Not that this will affect many large ships.  My ship hasn't had LORAN capabilities since the antenna broke 3 years ago and the captain was too afraid to order a new antenna.  Most merchant ships are utterly dependent on GPS at this point, and would have a tough time remembering how to use the sextant if it came down to that point.  It will only get worse when the younger generations take command, having never known a time without GPS.

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