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    Re: Navy And Merchant Marine Sextant Sightings Requirements ?
    From: Greg Rudzinski
    Date: 2007 Nov 12, 15:07 -0800

    The checking of gyro error is still an important part of the watch
    officers days work and requires the use of chronometer, almanac,
    tables, or celestial navigation calculator. I suspect that there will
    soon be an affordable GPS compass to replace the gyro. It is always
    prudent for mariners to maintain celestial navigation proficiency just
    in case lightning strikes.
    
    CFR regulations require inspected commercial U.S. flag vessels
    crossing oceans to carry a sextant as well as addressing minimum
    navigation equipment requirements. U.S.C.G. merchant marine unlimited
    ton license exams for masters and mates covers all aspects of
    celestial navigation.
    
    Greg Rudzinski
    
    On Nov 12, 8:03 am, 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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