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Brit nuclear HQ available on Google Earth.

Byline: ANI

London, Mar. 2 (ANI): Britain's nuclear defense headquarters is freely available on Google Earth A 3D mapping program from Google that covers the entire globe from satellite images. Requiring a download for Windows, Mac and Linux desktops, a street address can be searched, and the views can be zoomed down to the individual building all the way up to a satellite's view of the globe. , and potentially can be targeted.

Providing close-up aerial views of the headquarters, Google Earth reveals the longitude and latitude of the facility in Faslane, Scotland - home to the UK's Trident-armed nuclear submarine force.

Two vast Vanguard Class submarines, each capable of carrying 16 nuclear missiles, can also be seen in the pictures.

Military experts warn that this would make it easy for terrorists to launch accurate rocket attacks on the facility.

The Sun quotes a military expert, as saying, "A strike on our nuclear capability would cause untold devastation. Terrorists could have a field day, knowing exactly where to aim strikes to cause the maximum devastation."

The HM Naval Base A naval base primarily for support of the forces afloat, contiguous to a port or anchorage, consisting of activities or facilities for which the Navy has operating responsibilities, together with interior lines of communications and the minimum surrounding area necessary for local  Clyde at Faslane is also visible. The program also clearly shows the Trident Special Area, where nuclear warheads are stored.

The site shows MI6's London offices and the SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System.  training facility in Hereford, including exact location of SAS sleeping quarters, office blocks, bunkers and parade grounds.

Top military officials are said to be furious that such sites can be viewed by anyone.

In 2007, the British Government had demanded that Google blot out its bases in Iraq after a terrorist held in Basra was found with a Google Earth map of the Shatt Al-Arab base.

But following updates to the Google Earth program, the locations are visible again.

"We do everything to protect bases but it's impossible to control all websites providing satellite imagery. If people are really determined to target these sites, they can find these images and there is nothing we can do to stop them," an MOD spokesman said.

A Google spokeswoman said, "We do listen to requests from governments but we don't comment on the details of any of those discussions." (ANI)

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Date:Mar 2, 2009
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