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Navy implements unusual cost-cutting measure
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 29, 2017 12:01AM

Here’s one for the maritime history books: The U.S. Navy is going to start using the Xbox 360 controller to maneuver the digital periscopes on the Virginia class submarine, reports ( One of the subs is pictured, courtesy of Christina Shaw/US Navy.

Each vessel costs a hefty $2.6 billion, and the original periscope controller, which was bulky, heavy and difficult to use, costs $38,000 and requires several hours of training. The Xbox 360 controller costs about $40, and sailors who have gaming experience — and most of them do — already know how to use it.

Thrifty: A concept not applied often enough in government expenditures.


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