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Thrift Store Parts on a US Navy Ship

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How We Satisfied the Company Representative

I was a Naval Fire Control Technician aboard the naval destroyer USS Turner nearly 60 years ago. That doesn't mean that I fought fires. My team and I were responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment that aimed the ship's guns. My story is about the GFCS (Gun Fire Control System) and its 600 vacuum tubes. One of the cathode ray tubes (CRT) for the GFCS displayed a sweep that had a step in it.

The step was supposed to be in the center of the screen, but ours was located to the far right. It was completely cosmetic. The equipment worked just fine no matter where the step was located, but whenever a representative from the manufacturer came to inspect it, we were criticized.

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