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Blog Editor’s Note: This is the first time we have heard of the Russians (1) targeting individual ships and (2) going to the trouble of spoofing them along a track to fake a voyage from one place to another.

Clearly tweaking NATO’s nose and reinforcing the old Moscow Times headline “Kremlin Eats GPS for Breakfast.” 

We are checking with some folks to confirm only these two ships were impacted.  

Note: AIS is capable of accepting multiple location source inputs, though almost all use GPS. The Russian terrestrial Chayka (Loran) system is available in the Black Sea as one alternative/ confirmatory navigation possibility in the region.

Positions of Two NATO Ships Were Falsified Near Russian Black Sea Naval Base


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The tracking data of two NATO warships was faked off the coast of a Russian controlled naval base in the Black Sea while the actual ships were moored 180 miles away, USNI News has learned.
The U.K. Royal Navy’s HMS Defender, a Type-45 Daring-class destroyer, and the Royal Netherlands Navy’s HNLMS Evertsen, a De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate, pulled into Odessa in Ukraine on June 18. The group had been monitored by Russian warships while exercising in the Black Sea, according to U.S. Navy photos dated on June 17.