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    Re: Navy And Merchant Marine Sextant Sightings Requirements ?
    From: Andr� Jehaes
    Date: 2007 Nov 15, 16:16 -0800

    Hello, I am a just retired shipmaster from tankers with 40 years at
    sea therein 30 as master. Those last 5 years, navigating officers are
    not using the sextant anymore, except after i complain and complain
    and to make me happy, they make an effort every 15 days. Shooting a
    star is completely forgotten. Only remaining is taking each watch one
    azimuth for checking magnetic and gyro compas. Officers are entering
    sometime a star position in the deck logbook , but everyone knows that
    this position is just a GPS position. Vetting inspectors in port will
    be satisfy with the entry in the logbook without more questions.
    A vessel  is carrying at least 2 to 3 GPS onboard , therefrom if one
    is destroyed by lighting, it remains at least one or two....
    Your remark brings me back 30 years ago when the first electronic
    calculators were on the market and young officers were using direct
    formulae with the calculators instead than logarithm. The Old captains
    were complaing about the new method arguing what will happen if the
    calculator was broken down.
    Be modern, and keep the sextant for nostalgics.
    On 12 nov, 17:03, Robert11  wrote:
    > Hello,
    > Just curious what is "standard" practice these days, now with GPS so
    > prevalent most everywhere.
    > a.  Does the U.S. Navy still require Noon, or other, sextant sights as
    > standard procedure these days ?
    > b.  How about the U.S. Merchant Marine ?
    > c.  Other foreign Navy or Merchant Marine ?
    > Thanks,
    > Bob
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