SUBMERGED NAVIGATION ON U.S.S. PICKEREL DURING 21 DAY CRUISE

Commander Slade D. Cutter

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Abstract: Dr. Vannevar Bush, the well known atomic physicist, states in his new book Modern Arms and Free Men that “Navigation fully submerged is no small task.” The new edition of the United States Navy’s Bible on Navigation by Dutton, 1948 edition, states, “If the predicted long range high speed underwater voyage materializes, better methods of navigation will be essential . . It is to be expected that when submarines capable of such performances are developed, the means of navigating them will be available.” Despite the foregoing, submerged navigation during the U.S.S. Pickerel’s recent record shattering 5200 mile 505 hour submerged passage from Hong Kong to Pearl Harbor was uncomplicated and sufficiently accurate without any special equipment. Only the standard installation which is found on any of our submarines was available. This includes the following: for electronic navigation, Loran; our radio navigational equipment; fathometer, for depth-sounding; radar, for ranges and bearings on land masses; and for celestial navigation, the standard submarine periscope.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 2, Number 7
Pages: 243 - 246
Cite this article: Cutter, Commander Slade D., "SUBMERGED NAVIGATION ON U.S.S. PICKEREL DURING 21 DAY CRUISE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 2, No. 7, 1950, pp. 243-246.
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