How do you think data or statistics are made about any countries number count on naval fleets? It's not because a countries tell us what they have....You don't think US satellites don't spy on all shipyards across the world
You are right. I didn't read the article, walking beach with mother,... BUT there have been plenty of news of countries making fake warships either for training or defensive purposes.Well, I can tell who didn't read the article. This isn't about physical phantom ships; it's about the positions of real warships being faked using the AIS transponders by a person or persons unknown.
From the article:
According to analysis conducted by conservation technology nonprofit SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch, over 100 warships from at least 14 European countries, Russia, and the US appear to have had their locations faked, sometimes for days at a time, since August 2020. Some of these tracks show the warships approaching foreign naval bases or intruding into disputed waters, activities that could escalate tension in hot spots like the Black Sea and the Baltic. Only a few of these fake tracks have previously been reported, and all share characteristics that suggest a common perpetrator.
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