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17th Sep '15 7:00:24 AM Chabal2
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* The GLA Bomb truck can serve this purpose in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'', as it can be disguised as any vehicle (allied, hostile, or one of the neutrals that are there to be turned into ActionBombs by the Terrorist unit) and is only revealed when detonating, which doesn't have to be done manually. Even better against AI opponents, who don't react ''at all'' to the random passenger car that's running over their infantry one by one.
9th Aug '15 1:09:57 PM Prfnoff
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* The second mission of ''AceCombat5'' has the player character and his squadron investigating a reconnaissance vessel that had launched [=UAVs=] near the Osean shoreline. Later in the game, the ''Andromeda'''s signal intercept capabilities play a key role in the plot.
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* The second mission of ''AceCombat5'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' has the player character and his squadron investigating a reconnaissance vessel that had launched [=UAVs=] near the Osean shoreline. Later in the game, the ''Andromeda'''s signal intercept capabilities play a key role in the plot.
31st May '15 7:50:06 AM Hanz
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* The Imperial Agent of ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' is given a personal ship designed to look like a luxury cruiser but with the firepower of a heavy gunship.
6th Apr '15 11:26:20 PM nombretomado
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* The ''DoctorWho'' story "Remembrance of the Daleks" has a variation. The Seventh Doctor encounters an antenna van that ''seems'' to be tracking who's paid their TV license fee, but is actually tracking alien (read: Dalek) energy signatures.
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* The ''DoctorWho'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Remembrance of the Daleks" has a variation. The Seventh Doctor encounters an antenna van that ''seems'' to be tracking who's paid their TV license fee, but is actually tracking alien (read: Dalek) energy signatures.
29th Nov '14 5:34:50 AM DDE
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** The USSR had at least ten types of these, such as the "Okean" and "Primorye" classes. Much of their commercial fishing fleet was, according to TheOtherWiki, also engaged in spying ops on the side. These "trawlers" frequently were used to spy on US carrier battle groups as that was the greatest threat to the Soviet Navy.
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** The USSR had at least ten types of these, such as the "Okean" and "Primorye" classes. Much of their commercial fishing fleet was, according to TheOtherWiki, also engaged in spying ops on the side. These "trawlers" frequently were used to spy on US carrier battle groups as that was the greatest threat to the Soviet Navy. It helped that all those ships were state-owned anyway. ** In 2013 the RussiansWithRustingRockets commissioned the first Project 18280 [=ElInt=] ship, which will rely on low-signature "stealth" tech rather than being BeneathSuspicion, and will likely spy on the US "missile shield", which the Russians refuse to believe to be [[BlatantLies designed to stop Iranian missiles]]. HereWeGoAgain, Cold War! ** Also, the Soviets outdid everyone in regards to size. In order to spy on US missile tests in the Pacific, they commissioned one Project 1941 Titan ship, the [[Franchise/MassEffect SSV]]-33 ''Ural'', which used the stretched hull of the Project 1144 Orlan nuclear-powered heavy cruiser (a.k.a. the [[ReportingNames Kirov battlecruiser]]), and was the '''single biggest Soviet surface ship ever'''. SoMuchForStealth.
12th Nov '14 12:43:51 PM HiddenWindshield
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Not An Example, that's just an example of plain spying. Or pretending to believe someone was a spy. Whatever.
* In ''Literature/TheBible'', when Joseph had become vizier of Egypt and his brothers came to buy grain, Joseph pretended he thought they were this. As they had earlier sold him for a slave one can see why.
18th Jun '14 6:43:25 PM SSJMagus
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* USS Pueblo
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* USS PuebloPueblo. This was a rather less subtle type, rather than being disguised as a commonplace civilian vessel it was openly a US Navy vessel, but officially a "technical research ship" that was supposedly [[BlatantLies researching atmospheric phenomena]]. The lack of a disguise meant that such ships could be equipped with a more extensive array of electronic surveillance devices it also meant their true mission was pretty much an open secret. ** Another "technical research ship" was the USS Liberty, infamously attacked by the Israeli military in an apparent case of mistaken identity during the [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Six Day War]]. Whether Israel actually mistook the Liberty for a much smaller Egyptian ship as claimed remains deeply controversial to this day and quickly became fodder for conspiracy theories.
18th Jun '14 6:30:12 PM SSJMagus
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A vehicle, in whatever medium, that looks like a civilian one, but is actually there to gather intelligence.
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A vehicle, in whatever medium, that looks like a civilian one, but is actually there to gather intelligence. intelligence. Typically disguised as fishing trawlers, because they're so ubiquitous on the oceans that even though every navy and spy agency knows fishing trawlers are used for spying there's no way to know ''which'' ones are spy ships and which are genuinely just there to catch fish.
24th May '14 9:49:32 PM JamaicanCastle
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Supertope of VanInBlack.
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Supertope Supertrope of VanInBlack.

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* At one point in Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, smuggler and information broker Talon Karrde is discreetly informed by an ally that the ally's ships will attack the Imperial shipyard at Bilbringi. In order to spy on the resulting chaos, Karrde arranges for his ships to take on a legitimate shipping contract to deliver parts to Bilbringi (a ruse which he uses several times, equally often for spying or sabotage). [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent While there]], they also happen to record a mysterious but trivial detail that ultimately proves highly valuable to the New Republic.
5th Apr '14 11:03:50 AM Aiguille
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** Fast [[{{Courier}} Courier Boats]], either [[DiplomaticImmunity operating in an official diplomatic capacity]] or simply under the employ of a merchant or journalist agency that would have legitimate need to send messages quickly.
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** Fast [[{{Courier}} Courier Boats]], either [[DiplomaticImmunity [[DiplomaticImpunity operating in an official diplomatic capacity]] or simply under the employ of a merchant or journalist agency that would have legitimate need to send messages quickly.
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