COTS yes, Garmin on a Sub

... written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Jan 9, 2006


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.


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?

Posted by: Curt at January 9, 2006 5:30 PM | Reply

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

Posted by: William Henry at January 9, 2006 9:09 PM | Reply

Posted by: Terry at January 11, 2006 1:38 PM | Reply

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.

Posted by: Ben at January 11, 2006 1:49 PM | Reply

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