A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Alan S
Date: 2016 Jan 8, 10:05 -0800
Some years back, I became acquainted with a retired U.S. Naval Officer. Earlier in his career, he had been a navigation officer in surface vessels, this was post WW2. He later switched to submarines and commanded one, I believe it was a diesel-electric, not nuke type. In any event, re navigation of submaines, he stated the following.There was a sextant mounted on one of his boat's periscopes, I believe it was a flexible mount. When positioned for shooting, they could shoot a 3 body fix, star fix as I recall, in a couple of minutes, atmospheric conditions permitting, this while submerged.