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    Re: US Naval Academy reinstates classes in celestial navigation
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2015 Oct 13, 17:40 -0700

    Yes, I've now seen this story from four different sources independently (no harm in that!).

    Some folks have been confused by the description of the course as a "three hour" program. That doesn't mean three hours total... 180 minutes of instruction and done. Presumably it means that it is three semester-hours which corresponds roughly to a "half-time" class, but all semester. That's plenty for future officers since most of them will never have any call to use celestial navigation. Even in emergency or wartime circumstances, their non-comm quartermasters will do the navigating. It's certainly valuable to have some grounding in the process, but a semester-length program may well be much more time than they really require.

    Here's a photo that's accompanied some of the articles. Note the name on the guy's shirt. That's Seaman Crapino examining his Sextant. Seriously.

    Frank Reed


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