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Warship positions faked including UK aircraft carrier

A carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth had its automatic identification system (AIS) position faked, researchers discovered.

AIS is a key maritime safety system used to track vessel movements.

Nearly 100 naval ships may have had their AIS position altered, environmental groups SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch found.

The ships included vessels from European and US navies, including 11 from the Royal Navy.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said there was no "operational impact" on the strike group, which also featured smaller vessels from the Dutch and Belgian navies, but any manipulation of AIS "could result in a serious incident".

"We are aware of manipulation of AIS tracking data placing carrier strike group vessels in areas where they were not", the MOD said.

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