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    Re: sextant without paper charts
    From: Scott Owen
    Date: 2008 Oct 26, 21:56 -0500

    Bill wrote:
    > Frank Reed pointed us to an article:
    >
    >> Right at the top, the article notes that the submarine carries a sextant,
    >> just in case. Later in the article, it's explained that they carry no paper
    >> charts.
    >
    > Do you think they have an almanac in case STELLA goes down?
    >
    > Pretty soon there may be only several thousand skilled sextant users left.
    > I'm hoping to cash in like the old Fortran and Cobol programmers during the
    > Y2K scare. 
    >
    > Bill B.
    
    Bill,
    Yes, USN ships are required to carry a paper copy of the current
    Nautical Almanac.  As to HO229, there is no paper copy requirement IF
    the ship is authorized for usage of DNC charts.  Not all ships and
    submarines are authorized for DNC usage yet.  In any event, the prudent
    Commanding Officer would probably carry a paper copy of HO229 and any
    Harbor chart that the ship is expected to call on during next expected
    voyage.
    
    I would also add that a stadimeter and a pelorus are still part of the
    navigation hardware issued to the ship.  How much use they get in the
    GPS age I can not say.
    
    -Scott
    
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