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Angle of Repose

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US Navy reinstating teaching of celestial navigation
« on: October 16, 2015, 02:01:16 PM »
The US Navy is reinstating the ancient art of celestial navigation to fight a very modern threat...

http://qz.com/524795/the-us-navy-is-reinstating-the-ancient-art-of-celestial-navigation-to-fight-a-very-modern-threat/

I find it interesting in 2015 that they are going back to the traditional ways of navigation (as a backup). Having done some celestial navigation myself, it is a perishable skill and I hope they keep up with it. Nevertheless, I thought it was interesting.
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Brynglas

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Re: US Navy reinstating teaching of celestial navigation
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 09:49:26 PM »
That's good news, over reliance upon electronic and digital systems undoubtedly leads to de-skiling in traditional methods. I trained as a maritime navigator some thirty years ago and whilst I don't work at sea any longer still try and maintain my technique with a sextant however I can't say that I use logarithmic tables much these days:-)