By Military Monitoring

Just a day before the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines two unidentified ships were spotted in the area. The private satellite data monitoring firm SpaceKnow  discovered two vessels with their transponders turned off in the area of the explosions. The vessels’ automatic identification systems were not working at the time they were passing the pipelines.

According to the analysis of satellite data, two “dark ships”, each 95 to 130 meters long, passed within a few miles of the Nord Stream 2 leak, the Wired media outlet reported. Jerry Javornitsky, SpaceKnow CEO, claims they discovered two dark ships of significant size, that were passing through the area of ​​interest. They had their transponders switched off, meaning that there was no information about their movement, and they tried to hide information about their location and general information from the world,” adds Yavornitsky.

This information and all satellite images have already been sent to the countries involved in the investigation.

The U.S. Navy also carried out numerous maneuvers near the explosion site around Nord Stream 1 and 2 days before the gas leaks. On September 2, an American helicopter with an FFAB123 call sign carried out multiple flights in the area. According to flight tracking websites, that day  this call sign was used for 6 flights of a Sikorsky MH-60S helicopter. Such flights near Nord Stream were also detected on 12 September.

A U.S. Navy expeditionary unit led by the USS Kearsarge was in the Baltic Sea few days earlier and was spotted entering the North Sea. According to maritime traffic data, it was located 30 kilometers from the site of the alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream-1 pipeline and 50 kilometers from the Nord Stream-2 pipeline.

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