The South China Sea is a secret military project developed by China. Photo/Reuters
WASHINGTON – Major military powers such as the United States, China, and Russia have a dual function in today’s times, They show their strength with the evidence of warrior weaponry. But, behind that they have a veil of secrecy to gather intelligence and develop new technology.
The world is getting “smaller” in the modern era. Why? As far as the public’s ability to observe events around the world goes, there seems to be no more place for military intelligence projects to hide.
For example, Area 51. The government may have only acknowledged its existence several years ago. However, millions of people around the world knew all about it long before that. And then there was the time Will Smith and Bill Pullman used it against aliens.
Launching Live Verse, many “secret” military installations and military bases like that are actually not that secret. Governments can deny their existence or obscure reports of what happened at the site.
And while there are certainly covert operations that we will never know about, satellite imagery from Google Maps and other new technology makes it difficult to hide everything outright.
Here are 10 secret military sites that actually no longer have secret status because they are known to the public.
10. Area 6
Area 51 is a big name that is already known to the world. But just a few miles northeast of that not-so-secret base in the Nevada desert is Area 6. And far fewer people know what goes on there. The smaller base in Area 6 has a long, mysterious runway and several giant hangars.
For years, the government of the United States (US) balked at journalists and journalists who asked about the site. But the media stalled when Area 6 was mentioned in a 2008 government report on nuclear waste around nearby Mount Yucca.
The 7,500-page report vaguely claims Area 6 is an “air operations facility”. The official docs continue to add more. “The purpose of this facility is to build, operate and test a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles,” government officials wrote about the small military site. Experts say that may point to one thing: drone testing.
9. South China Sea Installation
For years, the Chinese government has been engaged in building not-so-secret bases throughout the South China Sea. Most of the bases are located in the strategically placed Spratley Islands and Paracel Islands.
When islands alone aren’t enough, China is extracting more land from the oceans—about 1,295 hectares. Then, they started building various types of military installations. Some bases are meant to house radar units. Another area is prepared as a missile launch site. There are many more that are used as helicopter launch zones.
Then, even more confusing, the Chinese government publicly announced in 2016 that it was building a new underwater base more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) below the surface of the South China Sea. While the world may know about the existence of this base, so far no one has been allowed to learn more. First, any foreign aircraft flying within miles of the newly built base is ordered to leave the airspace immediately. Because of this, speculation ran wild about what the military installations were for.
8. Kapustin Air Base
The US isn’t the only country with an Area 51-style base. In Russia, their version of a not-so-secret desert airbase is a Siberian outpost called Kapustin Yar.