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June 11, 1970: Navy opens tactical games centre

Source:  TNMOC

A small country estate some miles from Portsmouth, Southwick Park achieved fame in 1944, when It was used by General Eisenhower as his headquarters in the weeks before the Normandy landings. Now as then, the estate’s official title is HMS Dryad and it is the home of the Royal navy’s Navigation and Direction school.

The new simulation system simulates tactical manoeuvres. The system is based on five Ferranti F1600 computers, each having six 32K of core. Back-up storage for the system consists of two Sperry Fastrand drums.

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