I remember using LORAN on the midnight to 04:00 watch on an oil production support ship on the Atlantic in the 70s.I'd think that without a compass, you'd be in a bit of confusion given the lack of landmarks, stars, and possibly even the sun considering the storm conditions.
That tells me they were looking at GPS, or even old school loran, lol. They were getting directions from somewhere.
i can't tell from the Wikipedia entry on it whether the base stations have been decommissioned or not. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that the system would be maintained as a backup for GNSS.
Anyone know its fate?