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Why Naval Academy Students Are Learning to Sail By the Stars For the First Time in a Decade


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Sextant training, U.S. Naval Academy

Quartermaster 1st Class Clarence Ilijic, from Salt Lake City, teaches Quartermaster Seaman Eden Boyd, from Memphis, how to operate a sextant on the bridge wing of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore during Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014 around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray/Released

Peter Hogan was surprised at how heavy the sextant felt in his hand when he squinted through its eyeglass this week, the first time he had ever held one.

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