Russian ‘ghost ships’ identified near Nord Stream explosions

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Russian ships with underwater operations teams have been identified near the sites of the Nord Stream pipeline explosions in the days before the explosions, according to a joint investigation by national stations in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Journalists for the publications combined intercepted radio transmissions from the ships with satellite imagery to identify their locations and trace their routes. It is the latest example of researchers piecing together different data sources, from various unconnected sources, to reveal new details about real-world events.

According to the investigation, three ships sailed from naval bases in Russia to near the sites of the explosions in June and September 2022. All the ships had disabled their AIS location tracking services, an act often described as “going dark.” ” and is commonly used. to conceal the activity. Among the vessels were the navy research vessel Sibiryakov and a tugboat called the SB-123, which is said to be capable of launching mini-submarines. (In November 2022, WIRED reported on the presence of “ghost ships” at the time of the explosions, but had no information on their identity.)

On the other hand, another Russian ship, the SS-750, was close to the pipelines four days before they exploded. In response to a public records request, the Danish Defense Command confirmed to the Informationa Danish news site, which had 26 photos of the SS-750 near the sites.

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