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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 25. 3rd October 1973

Another Story about Omega

Another Story about Omega

Dear Editor,

I read with amusement your article in Salient (Sept 26) on Omega. How about growing up and listening to the world around you instead of mouthing obsolete propaganda?

Omega is not, was not, and never will be used for guiding Polaris missiles. They were obsolete 10 years ago; being replaced by Poseidon and now Triton missiles. These are aimed using the Sins internal navigation system — far, far more accurate than a land based and therefore vulnerable station like Omega.

Actually, Omega is designed for commercial shipping (capitalist if you prefer) and the only people to suffer through not having Omega, are New Zealanders. A station based in NZ together with overseas stations would have enabled us to accurately move ships around our coast (note: the Wahine went aground because she could not tell her position by radar). So when a tanker goes aground off Whangarei, and loses 200,000 tons of oil on our beaches — that will be the ghost of Omega.


B. Jones