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    Port Royal
    From: Byron Franklin
    Date: 2009 Jul 24, 19:32 -0700

    I know noting about the Port Royal grounding, I am a Master Chief
    Quartermaster ret, that have Navigation Technques named after
    me.Franklin piloting, Franklin continuious Radar and also Special
    Rardar. Bowditch NO9 & Radar NO 1310. I still teach Navigation and
    write about the subject. The Navy run by instructions: in the Surface
    Ship Navigation Department regulation Manual. " To facilitatle this
    transision to electronic navigation, all ships may use GPS as their
    primary fix source in all waters. This dose not preclude the
    navigation team to ascertain the ship's position by other means
    (visual, radar, etc) as required and at no greater than every third
    fix interval in restricted waters. No one fix source shall be solely
    relied upon." It dose go on.
    In my opinon it is the restricted water that the best men in the
    visual plot taking bearing and marking the chart keeps a safe ship.
    Bowditch is heavy now on the electronics and low on the plot, because
    they are easy to use, The team must know visual bearings and the
    mechanics of the plot, to relie on themselves and not the black box of
    no notathing. My technique were developed because of ships runing
    agound. They were taught at various Navy navigation schools I don't
    think they are taught now that we trust the box?
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