Gyro Compass

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A Gyro Compass uses the stability of a gyro to maintain a sense of direction in a manner similar to a Magnetic Compass.

Although gyro compasses were fairly new technology in the World War I era, they proved valuable in Fire Control applications and to act as navigational compasses in conditions where a magnetic compass would be grossly influenced, as in a submarine.

British Use

The British found it desireable in early 1914 to introduce a paper form S. 1777 to serve as a log to track the function and adjustment of each gyro compass in inventory.[1]

See Also


  1. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 915 of 27 Feb, 1914.