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an armor-protected space in which the command post of a warship was formerly located. During battle the skipper and the personnel required for the piloting of the ship were in the conning tower. Navigational instruments and means of communications were installed in it. The conning tower was usually built on the level of the navigation bridge or higher, which ensured that the commander would have the necessary field of vision. For communication with internal areas of the ship, there was an armored pipe in the middle of the conning tower. On modern warships, the command post is ordinarily located in the internal areas, and the conning tower has lost its significance.