Recent satellite images supplied and analysed by European Space Imaging reveal the illegal construction of military bases in the contested Spratly Islands along the South China Sea are complete. Images provided at 30cm resolution by DigitalGlobe satellite WorldView-3 refutes China’s promise to not militarise the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea. Mischief Reef and Subi Reef are just some of the islands that show strong military construction. From examining the satellite images of Mischief Reef we can identify a large deep-water port, which also serves as a blue water naval base. There is a 2,700 meter runway on the Western quarter and since there are no passenger terminals or hotels visible, this airfield can only be described as a Joint Use naval airport, signifying its military connection.
Military barracks, communication antenna’s, underground POL storage tanks and control towers are all visible in the images collected.