THE ROLE OF NAVIGATION IN THE SUBMARINE WEAPON SYSTEM

Frank C. Lynch, Jr.

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Abstract: The science of celestial navigation, once the vital skill that meant success or failure to the mariner, has through the years been relegated to a skill of but minor importance, a backup for radio and radar piloting. But today we are witnessing dramatic reversal of the importance of celestial navigation and it is emerging as an even more vital element in the use of the sea than it ever was in the days of the great navigators. Those same advances of science, which have caused electronic piloting to overshadow celestial navigation, are today creating a new missile system whose success depends upon navigational accuracies which are measured in yards rather than in miles. This demand for accuracy is in a sense the final step in the maturity of navigational science.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 5, Number 3
Pages: 128 - 130
Cite this article: Lynch, Frank C., Jr.,, "THE ROLE OF NAVIGATION IN THE SUBMARINE WEAPON SYSTEM", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1956, pp. 128-130.
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