COTS yes, Garmin on a Sub


I knew the Navy used some regular marine electronics and even has an appropriate acronym—COTS, for Commercial Off The Shelf—but I was still amazed to see a Garmin 2006 tucked amongst the massive jumble of gear in the control room of a 360’ U.S. nuclear attack submarine. And what the hell was I doing on a submarine yesterday? More later.

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Curt says:

    Wonder if USS San Francisco had a Garmin aboard when they hit that sea mount. Then again they were running submerged. Hmmm – that brings up the question if they are just using the Garmin on the surface or perhaps they are feeding it a position signal from an inertial nav unit and using it to plot?

  2. What really surprises me is that you were allowed on board with a camera!

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sharp eyes, Terry! Yes, that’s a pair of Kenwood handheld radios hanging from the wiring, and the backside of another Garmin plotter to the right.

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