US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

Demonstrating valor from 400km away’ Moscow rebuffs Pentagon’s naval bravado in Sea of Japan

Demonstrating valor from 400km away’ Moscow rebuffs Pentagon’s naval bravado in Sea of Japan

The U.S. Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near contested waters in the Sea of Japan Wednesday, an action that is bound to irk Russian Federation.

Last month, Russian Federation seized three Ukrainian navy ships in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

The flight came the day after the US Navy had sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan, a move that irked Russian Federation, which maintains a territorial claim on the disputed waters that is not acknowledged by the US.

The move is part of what the Navy calls "freedom of navigation operation", which challenges nations that claim sovereignty over waters beyond the 12 nautical miles allowed by global maritime law.

The US Navy sent a warship to challenge Russia's maritime claims in the East Sea/Sea of Japan on Wednesday amid rising tensions between the military superpowers. The bay is the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan.

This FONOP is part of broader USA efforts to challenge teritorial claims throughout the Asia-Pacific region. According to CNN, this is the first time the United States made shipping to this region since 1987, when the Soviet Union put forward the exclusive claims of the Bay.

"We reserve the right to operate freely in accordance with worldwide laws and norms", he also said. According to her, it is not only Japan sea but also "other places" around the world.

Russian destroyer'Admiral Tributs
Russian destroyer'Admiral Tributs

The operation was first reported by CNN.

The sailing underscores the increasing ire of Defense Secretary James Mattis toward Russian Federation and its adventurism in the Middle East and on its borders.

The U.S.is required to notify Turkey under a treaty that governs the passage of military vessels from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. They don't stick. Their actions speak louder than words.

Wednesday's operation came amid reports that the United States was considering moving a Navy warship into the Black Sea in connection with last week's incident in the Kerch Strait.

Under the rules of the Montreux Convention, US ships can only be in the Black Sea for 21 days. The US last had a ship in the area back in October.

Moreover, during its journey, the U.S. warship was closely tracked by a Russian destroyer "Admiral Tributs" along with the aircraft of Russia's Pacific Fleet, the MoD spokesperson noted.

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