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and piers are helpful in referring to a contact's loca- tion. Here are some examples: 2500 YARDS—VERY CLOSE AND TO THE RIGHT OF RED BELL BUOY NUMBER 4. 4   MILES—PASSING   THROUGH   THE BRIDGE  OPENING  AT  THIS  TIME 6  MILES—ABOUT  500  YARDS  TO  THE LEFT   OF   THAT   EARLIER   REPORTED DESTROYER NOTE: Though ranges are given and reported in yards/miles,  it  is  also  in  your  interest  to  learn  to convert these distances to the metric system; that is, meters/kilometers.  One  meter  equals  approximately 1.1 yard; 1 kilometer (1,000 meters) equals approx- imately  0.6  mile. Speed  Estimation Speeds can be either easy or difficult to estimate, depending  on  how  far  away  the  contact  is.  Just  as references are needed for ranges, speed references are also  needed.  Knowing  your  own-ship's  speed  at  all times can be a valuable aid in estimating other ship's speeds. A question to ask yourself is “How fast is the ship going in relation to me?” If your ship is steam- ing at 10 knots and is overtaking a ship on your star- board side, steaming a few knots slower than you are, it is safe to estimate the other ship's speed at about 5 to 8 knots. If a ship on your port side is overtaking 26

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