Google Maps user spots ‘escorted nuclear submarines’ off US coast
Google Maps users have discovered what they believe to be an escort of “nuclear submarines” heading out to sea near the United States.
The footage shows several submarines accompanied by two boats with what appear to be speedboats in front of them.
Google satellite imagery was successful in capturing ships moving near Marrowstone Island and Greenbank in Washington State.
The submarines appear to be heading for the Salish Sea, which connects Canada and the United States.
Images and contact details of potential ‘nuclear’ submarines and their escorts were posted on Reddit by a user called Smash_Factor.
His post drew comments from a number of Reddit users, with some fearing the existence of “nuclear” submarines like this one.
One user said: “24 missile tubes each with 8x splitting warheads. “
As another began: “Scary that we’re not the only country that has stuff like this. “
There was one user who reportedly lives close to the area and they added, “We see this pretty regularly from the shore. It’s really cool.”
However, some users tried more to calculate the actual number of submarines in the fleet.
Some believe that this is actually just a single submarine that the Google satellite tracks as it moves.
The user said, “If you look at these coordinates it will show what appears to be 2 submarines. But these are just 2 photos that both captured the same submarine during its outgoing transit. Pretty cool.”
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Another said: “Find yourself crazy. It also completely changes the way I understand Google satellite images. I never imagined that zooming out far enough would always show these ships in the same location. “
It is currently not known exactly when the images were captured by the satellite.
The footage of the submarines comes as the United States reportedly sent some of its ships near the Black Sea, near Russia.
There are fears that rising tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine could trigger World War III.