May 30, 2008

Cack-handed photo interp

So I'm noodling around with Google Earth again, just for fun. I'm trying to see if I can find (with any confidence) the building that the Indian SS(B?G?)N, known apparently only as 'ATV', is being built in. I end up at Visakhapatnam naval base, and am trying to see how well I do ID-ing ship types.

I know, I'm a geek.

Anyway, I did find the following. India, according to GlobalSecurity.org and my copy of the Naval Institute's Combat Fleets of the World, has five D 51 Rajput class destroyers in service - these are modified Kashin class ships built by the Soviets in the early 1980s. According to GlobalSecurity, two are homeported at Visak., and the other three at Mumbai. However, I find four of the five at Visakhapatnam - one steaming out of the channel, and three at quayside, with two looking like they're being worked on to some light degree. I'm wondering if these ships are prepping for decommissioning? Or just refitting? Or just a port visit? Dunno.

This is the kind of stuff I spend braincycles worrying about. I know, I know.

(Here's a Google Earth .kmz of the site, with my IDs so far listed, if you care.)

Posted by jbz at May 30, 2008 3:12 PM | TrackBack

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