Twitter users tracking Navy ships using newly activated beacons

Twitter users tracking Navy ships using newly activated beacons

[Ed. – This is a sea change — so to speak — in U.S. Navy operations, and not in a good way.  Russia and China could already track our ships.  But terrorists had a harder time of it.  Restricted, heavily trafficked waterways — where the trackers are being turned on, for “safety” — are exactly the locations terrorists would try to launch attacks in.  Bad on several levels.]

Naval enthusiasts are tweeting what they believe are U.S. warship positions after commanders ordered the vessels to activate their beacons while in congested waters to avoid collisions.

The order to turn on the Automatic Identification System (AIS) locators, reported by National Public Radio on Sept. 29, follows a series of collisions that have killed 17 sailors in the Pacific in recent months.

However, it appears that the new procedure is also allowing people to track the warships online.

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A tweet posted on Sunday that maps the location of a “US GOV VSL” approaching Hong Kong reads: “Reason to believe this is USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).”

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