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FCS-1

FCS-1 was a Japanese ship gun fire-control system. In the 1950s, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force used Mk 57 and Mk 63 as its main GFCS, but they were becoming obsolete. JMSDF was eager to introduce automated GFCS that supported automatic radar tracking, such as the American Mk 56, but it was rejected by the US Navy. Under the FY1955 program, a budget for purchasing one automated FCS overseas was approved. Jaberg was selected and installed in JDS Harukaze in 1958, it was used for research. Based on the results, the Technical Research and Development Institute began development of a domestic GFCS. In FY1965, a prototype was installed on JDS Harusame; this system got a good result and was titled Type 68. However, it was too advanced for the fleet, so a simplified model was developed and installed on JDS Nagatsuki in 1968, named Type 72, which became a mass-production model; the prototype used a combination of unmanned radar director and manned electro-optical director, was capable of track while scan.

These two directors were integrated into one manned director as American Mk 56. TWS capability was omitted in the mass-production models. An electromechanical analog computer was used for fire-control. In the mass-production models, transistors were introduced for their computer; the prototype model measured the angular velocity of the line of sight by gyroscopic means systems, in the mass-production models, linear-rate systems were introduced. The two sub-types were: FCS-1B for 3-inch guns. Japan Maritime Self-Defense ForceFCS-1A JDS Nagatsuki Haruna-class destroyer Shirane-class destroyer Tachikaze-class destroyer FCS-1B Minegumo-class destroyer Yamagumo-class destroyer Chikugo-class destroyer escort JDS Miura JDS Sōya Kōda, Yōji. "History of Domestic Built Destroyers of JMSDF". Ships of the World. Kaijin-sha. NAID 40020655404. Tada, Tomohiko. "Maritime Self-Defense Force FCS development history -2-". Military research. Japan Military Review. 32: 204–222. NAID 40000812861. Media related to FCS-1 at Wikimedia Commons

The Afters

The Afters are an American Christian pop rock band founded by Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua. Havens and Fuqua first worked together in a Starbucks coffee shop in Mesquite, where they played for customers, before deciding to form a band, they were joined by Brad Wigg from the same Starbucks, drummer Michael Burden and performed under the name Blisse. When Burden left the band Marc Dodd, from the Mesquite Starbucks, stepped in, their song "Never Going Back to OK" was the most-played song on R&R magazine's Christian CHR chart for 2008. As a precursor to Blisse, Josh performed several shows around Dallas with his band The Screaming Mimes that included Charlton Parker, who formed dEAf PEdESTRIANS, Hans Grumbein. While Brad was a founding member of Blisse, he took time away from the band to perform with his own blues project, playing lead guitar. Shows at the Door in Deep Ellum were filled in by Dallas bassist Eric Kitchens and bassist/filmmaker Niko Red Star. Under the name Blisse, the band recorded a six-song EP in 2000.

From this they made enough money to cut their first album, When the World Is Wonderful, released independently in 2001. This album contains songs released on their major label debut album I Wish We All Could Win. In 2002 they released a live concert DVD filmed at a local Dallas club called The Door; the band changed its name after discovering that another "Blisse" existed. Settling on "The Afters", they continued to play local clubs in the Dallas area, they were discovered by INO Records and signed to a four-record deal. After this, word of the band got to Epic Records, who signed the band to a deal for mainstream promotion and distribution, their first major label album, I Wish We All Could Win, was released on February 22, 2005. The first single from the album was "Beautiful Love", written by Josh Havens about a time when his wife was abroad doing humanitarian aid; the single's music video led The Afters to a 2005 MTVu "Streaming Woodie" award. In addition, "Beautiful Love" became the theme song for the MTV show, 8th and Ocean about the life of female and male fashion models living in Miami, Florida.

The song was featured in the 2006 film, Just My Luck. The song "Until the World" was the theme song for the American drama television series that aired on the ABC Family Network Beautiful People. In an update posted on their official website, the band went into the studio in August 2006 to start recording their second album, Never Going Back to OK, it was scheduled to be released on December 26, 2007, as per a post on their MySpace blog, but was delayed and released on February 26, 2008. The first single from the album, the title track "Never Going Back to OK" premiered on October 16, 2007, on Total Axxess, it was released as a streaming file on The Afters' MySpace page on November 10, 2007. The song hit the R&R magazine charts in December 2007, it reached No. 1 on the R&R CHR chart in March 2008 and R&R magazine ranked it as the most played song on U. S. Christian CHR radio in 2008. In spring of 2008, the band began their own headlining tour along with Falling Up, Everyday Sunday; the Afters stated in their Twitter account that they started recording their next album on October 27, 2009.

The album, called Light Up the Sky, was released on September 14, 2010. The album's first single, the title track, has reached No. 1 on Billboard's Christian CHR radio, received an appearance on MTV's The Hills. In January 2011 The Afters joined the Worship Roadshow national tour headlined by MercyMe. Light Up the Sky was produced by Dan Muckala; the Afters announced a new album to be released on April 17, 2012. A month they released a new single entitled "Life is Beautiful" on iTunes, in which the song was part of the soundtrack for the movie October Baby. On February 19, 2013, a new single, "Every Good Thing", became available on iTunes; the new album's title was Life is Beautiful. On August 28, 2015, the band released "Live on Forever", the lead single from Live on Forever, their fifth studio album set for release in late 2016 on Fair Trade Records. In 2018, The Afters' new single, "The Beginning and Everything After" appeared on the Billboard 100, it was followed by "Fear No More" in November.

Current members Joshua Havens - lead vocals and guitars Matt Fuqua - vocals and guitars Jordan Mohilowski - drums Dan Ostebo - bass guitarFormer members Brad Wigg - guitars, bass guitar and vocals Michael Burden - drums Marc Dodd - drums Niko Red Star - bass guitar When the World Is Wonderful Live @ the Door Never Going Back to OK - EP Official website The Afters - I Wish We All Could Win