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Navy Looks To The Stars For Guidance

The US Navy is bringing back the sextant in this age of satellites and GPS. The age old method of celestial navigation was eventually set aside some ten years ago, but then the Navy pondered what might happen if GPS was taken out?

It hearkens back to the 1996 movie Independence Day, where the remaining military forces coordinate their attacks against the Alien Menace using Morse code, when other communication methods have been rendered useless by the baddies. 
In addition, the Navy wants to return to some of the basics. Electronic navigation systems have become so sophisticated that not much training is required. It makes a lot of sense for those serving on the seas to actually understand the fundamentals.
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