Sunday, November 09, 2014

Recent Naval satellite censorship, the folly and prejudice behind it

Recently satellite image providers have been regularly updating satellite images of Bandar Abbas, Bushehr, Khorramshshr, Bandar Anzali, Karachi, As Suwayq, Izmit, Aksaz, Mersin, Tartus, Latakia, Alexandria, Port Said, Massawa, Limassol, and other similar hotspots regularly, the bases of certain nations have either not had their images updated or use censorship.  In doing so they only show how stupid they are.  Below are bases which use censorship and why they are NOT fooliing many.
Portsmouth, UK, image on google continues to show HMS Invincible, which has since been scrapped in Aliaga, Turkey.
Rosyth, UK, images either show HMS Illustrious or partly completed bow section of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Toulon, France, Bing/MSN has blurred out the image of the base although one can clearly see the outlines of the FS Charles de Gaulle, FS Mistral, FS Tonnerre, and FS Dixmude, and one of the Mistral class Carriers is clearly underway.  The google image shows decommissioned ships which have since been sold to South America.
Note; France also uses similar censorship tactics on it’s European bases but NOT it’s bases overseas.
Wilhelmshaven, Bing/MSN has blurred out the base, though one can clearly see outlines of the ships, google simply has an old image, as the decommissioned FGS Lutjens is still visible, despite the fact is is currently being scrapped.
Kiel, Bing/MSN has blurred out the base, though one can clearly see outlines of the ships, google simply has an old image, as the decommissioned Israeli Tanin and Rahav SSK’s can clearly be seen, as they also are in the Bing/MSN image.
Note; Germany also blurs out Rostock and Hamburg on MSN/Bing, however it sporadically allows Emden, Bremerhaven, and google’s images of Hamburg, though we have yet to see images of the Baden-Wurttemberg class DDG’s.
Karlskrona, Bing/MSN has blurred out the base, though one can clearly see outlines of the ships, though the Naval Museum is not censored.  Other Swedish Naval installations are not censored.
Lisbon, The Portuguese Navy has added the NRP Albacora SSK is now a Museum Ship, which no satellite image provider shows.
Melbourne, Bing/MSN shows the HMAS Canberra fitting out, while google shows the HMNZS Otaga and HMNZS Wellington fitting out, when in fact both the HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide are fitting out in Melbourne.
Note; Australia keeps old and blurry images of Sydney and Garden Island on google, yet does not use other censorship.

Interestingly enough the two countries who have practiced censorship for a long time, The Netherlands and Israel, have stopped censoring on google, though some blurring occurs on Bing/MSN.

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