#1953: Marine Links Serco’s Crossed Keys Sim-Track to Sewol and HMAS Watson GPS Hack

Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked Serco director Maureen Baginski’s Crossed Keys simulation track­ing (‘Sim-Track’) services for tri-phibious (sea, air and land) war-fighters to a GPS hack of the steering system on the MV Sewol ferry which was allegedly sunk on April 16, 2014 by Serco saboteurs operating out of HMAS Watson, Sydney, Australia.

McConnell alleges that S­­­erco – fined in U.K. for the fraudulent tagging and deployment of Crossed Keys prisoners – developed simulation tracking devices for the remote hacking and sabotage of passenger-carrying transport systems in the ‘90s while Baginski was serving as Intelligence Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Nicholas Soames was serving as Defence Minister (1994-1997) in the U.K. Government of John Major.

Prequel 1:
#1952: Marine Links Serco Sewol GPS to Churchill Grandson Stealth, CNN Wag the Red Switch Dog 

Prequel 2:

HMAS Watson Bridge Simulator

Parents try to heal after South Korea ferry disaster

Captain of first ship to Sewol ferry knew it was sinking [2:27 “The ship’s tracking system, the automatic identification system, was turned off”]

How the cruise ship, Costa Concordia went down [Allegedly; another Serco Crossed-Keys Sim-Track hack of a target’s GPS system]

The sinking of the MV Sewol (Korean: 세월호 침몰 사고; Hanja: 世越號沉沒事故)[5] occurred on 16 April 2014 en route to Jeju from Incheon. The South Korean ferry capsized while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School (Ansan City).[6] The 6,825-ton vessel sent a distress signal from about 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) off Gwanmaedo Island at 08:58 Korea Standard Time (23:58 UTC, 15 April 2014).

Direct cause[edit] As of 17 April, the ROK Coast Guard has concluded that an “unreasonably sudden turn” to the right,[25] made between 8:48 and 8:49 am KST,[26] was the cause of the capsizing.[25] According to the Coast Guard, the sudden turn caused the cargo to shift to the left, causing the ship to experience an incline and to eventually become unmanageable for the crew.[25] The existence of the sudden turn has been confirmed by the analysis of the ship’s Automatic Identification System data.[52] The crew of the ferry has agreed that the main cause was the sudden turn.[53] Experts such as Lee Sang-yun (Korean: 이상윤), a professor and head of the environment/maritime technology institute of the Pukyong National University has also agreed.[54]”

By Ralph Ellis, KJ Kwon and Greg Botelho CNN
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 Her comments come after a radio transcript released a day earlier suggested that passengers aboard the doomed South Korean ferry couldn’t reach lifeboats to escape because the ship tilted so quickly that it left many of them unable to move.

“Please notify the coast guard. Our ship is in danger. The ship is rolling right now,” a crew member on the ship first tells authorities in a dramatic conversation that took place while the Sewol ferry was sinking last week.

An unidentified crew member on the Sewol talked to two different Vessel Traffic Service centers as the ship sank Wednesday morning, the transcript revealed. Someone on the ship contacted the traffic service in Jeju — the ferry’s destination — at 8:55 a.m. and communicated with it before the conversation switched to Jindo VTS, which was closer, about 11 minutes later.

“The ship rolled over a lot right now. Cannot move. Please come quickly,” the crew member says a minute after initial contact.

At one point Jeju advises the crew to get people into life vests. 

“It is hard for people to move,” Sewol replies.

After the conversation switches to the traffic service in Jindo, the Sewol crew member says several times that the ship is leaning too much for passengers to move. 

Sewol: “Our ship is listing and may capsize.”

Jindo VTS: “How are the passengers doing? …”

Sewol: “It’s too listed that they are not able to move.”

A short time later, another exchange takes place:

Jindo VTS: “Are the passengers able to escape?”

Sewol: “The ship listed too much, so it is impossible.”

The transcript may help answer one of the major questions about the capsizing: Why didn’t more passengers escape on lifeboats? 

So where was the captain?

The captain was not in the steering room when the accident took place, according to police and his own account. 

He said he plotted the ship’s course, and then went to his cabin briefly “to tend to something.” It was then, the captain said, that the accident happened. 

A crew member, described as the third mate and identified only as Park, appeared in handcuffs with Lee.

The third mate said she did not make a sharp turn, but “the steering turned much more than usual.

“Serco Systems is a systems integration and complex project management provider, delivering engineering and logistics support, asset management, training and technical services to the defence, paramilitary and national security markets.

At HMAS Watson in Sydney, the Training Authority‒Marine Warfare (TAMW) Professional Services Contract applies the highest standards of engineering, software development and technical skills to simulator-based maritime warfare training.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Bridge Training Facility (BTF) features two full-mission simulators and four part-mission simulators, each offering up to 180-degree view field, which are used for navigation, command and control training.
Serco instructors are embedded within the BTF to train Navy officers in controlling and manoeuvring ships in simulated warfighting environments. Scenarios are played out over two 17-week courses, held annually. The instructors are also supported by Serco’s Operational Support Officer who provides ‘Train the Trainer’ and supplementation on other courses, ranging from initial navigation to advanced navigation.

Our technical staff maintain 69 training systems, including the BTF, providing periodic preventative maintenance or fault diagnostic corrective maintenance. These training systems are being used at HMA Ships Watson, Stirling and Cerberus. The Technicians also provide support, as required, to other Navy bases located in NSW.

Our team of software engineers develop DIS-compliant simulation systems to extend and enhance the Royal Australian Navy training capability by either updating or delivering new training systems. (Distributed Interactive Simulation, or DIS, allows multiple simulations to combine as a large-scale exercise.) The training systems include radar, sonar, voice communications and weapons systems.

By training operators to use equipment prior to boarding a ship, we ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills to make potentially lifesaving decisions.”

Commander Ian Curl, RAN and Mr. Andrew Weisz, Serco Australia Pty Ltd Royal Australian Navy Surface Warfare School
Watsons Bay, NSW Australia


Surface Warfare training for Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel is undertaken at HMAS WATSON in Sydney. Individual operator, command team and task group level tactical training is conducted on a variety of systems, including functional simulators, Milspec equipment and CBT suites. Most of the smaller training systems have been developed at WATSON by personnel from the RAN and Serco Australia Pty Ltd, the major on-site engineering support contractor. Even though these training systems have been developed and built in-house at very low cost, they have proven to be extremely effective for shore based operator training.

This paper discusses two of the many in-house development projects completed at WATSON. Firstly, the recent development of a low cost, high fidelity emulator for the AN/SQS-56 sonar display console as fitted on the RAN’s FFG-7 Class guided missile frigates and an associated scenario generator is described.

The second project discussed is the development of a medium fidelity PC based Generic Radar Display Simulator that has been designed to provide shore based radar operator instruction for training functions that previously could only be carried out at sea.

Some of the lessons learned and the benefits and shortcomings experienced in using PC hardware and software development tools for these types of projects are discussed. A brief summary of the future directions for the in-house development work is also given.

1.3 Training with Simulators

The first experience with low cost PC based simulators at WATSON was the in-house development of an emulated Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation unit. The system was developed to be used in conjunction with the full motion Ship’s Bridge Simulator that is used for Navigation and Officer of the Watch training. The system consisted of a standard Intel 386 PC fitted with a touch screen, emulating the Keypad and Display of a Magnavox GPS Navigation unit.
The PC was interfaced to the Bridge Simulator computer via an RS-232 9600 baud simplex serial line, enabling ship’s position to be displayed in Latitude/Longitude, as well as providing all the navigational calculations available on the actual GPS.

This early development project confirmed the point made by people such as Brown & Rolfe [1] about the importance of concentrating on the training requirement instead of the technical requirement. The success achieved with this $3,000 emulator developed in three months, lead to the undertaking of a more ambitious project.”

Serco GPS Solutions
GPS III Capability Development Document (CDD)
GPS III Initial CDD (iCDD)
Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE)
CDD Enabling Concept for GPS
GPS Enterprise Test and Evaluation 
Master Plan (TEMP)
GPS Operational Requirements Document (ORD)
Distress Alerting Satellite System (DASS) CDD
GPS III Concept of Operations (CONOPS)
USSTRATCOM PNT Joint Capabilities Document (JCD)”

McConnell has been directed by Abel Danger Global to offer expert witness services to plaintiffs who may decide to sue for damages in re Serco’s apparent use of Crossed Keys simulation track­ing (‘Sim-Track’) services in the alleged GPS hacks of tri-phibious passenger-transport systems resulting in thousands of wrongful deaths since Serco launched the program in the mid-1990s.

Yours sincerely,

Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222
David Hawkins Tel: 604 542-0891 Forensic Economist; former leader of oil-well blow-out teams; now sponsors Grand Juries in CSI Crime and Safety Investigation 

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