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    Summer Reading
    From: Byron Franklin
    Date: 2010 Aug 3, 07:08 -0700

    Summer reading.
    Byron, in the past year, I haven't read the epic story of America's most legendary warship USS Intrepid. By Bill White and Robert Gandt. Very little navigation but much Navy and history. I am mentioned in the book as the QMCM that presented the commissioning Pennant to the Capt. I also was presented the Intrepid’s Jack flag, as the longest served on board person. Too bad the author did not talk to me because the intrepid had a real navigation story and history. Because of the grounding, I was asked what I could've done to prevent the grounding. Two radar techniques were used and developed aboard the Intrepid,” the Franklin continuous radar plot”, and “special radar”. They are still being taught and in the books including NO. PUB 1310. The intrepid book could have been better reading in the field of navigation, because she was given an early start around 1970 with Omega and sat Nav. These two systems where new at the time we got them and were competition for money. I really believe that the intrepid was a big part of this new satellite getting the go-ahead and Omega dropping by the wayside. The intrepid evaluated thousands of Omega fixes and found and reported some real problems with the system. Other ships that had Omega where complaining but did not offer any solutions. Intrepid did.
    Another recommended reading it is the greatest submarine stories ever told by Lamar Underwood. There are several stories selected that tells you quite a bit about handling submarines and the dangerous complicated equipment. There again, Nautilus 90 North. I had gone to sea with her for squadron 10, a couple of times. Also it includes the death of the US Thresher. I was a crew member of the SSBN 602 A. Lincoln which was the sister ship to the Thresher. Submarine duty is volunteer; the subs lost a lot of people that devoled after the Thresher. I also desire that other books talk more about navigation. The author is normally not a navigation person and does not go into any detail of how the equipment works or interesting ideas. There may be another reason for staying away from navigation, because if you don't know the nuts and bolts of how things work you're bound to make mistakes in what you say.

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