Training on sailing vessels at maritime academies has long generated spirited debate. Today the ebb and flow of the argument is nowhere more apparent than at Annapolis.
Step aboard a naval vessel these days, and you quickly see that the breadth of high-technology equipment is stunning. Navigating? It’s the province of GPS receivers and computers. Posting a lookout? That task is handled largely by satellites and sophisticated radar. The helm is highly automated. And nuclear power is the propulsion of choice.