US Navy insists destroyer was on ‘routine’ mission after Russia summons navy attache over Sea of Japan incident

Responding to Moscow’s protests over the approach of USS Chaffee to Russian territorial waters, the US Pacific Fleet known as the Russian account ‘false’ and mentioned its guided missile destroyer did nothing flawed.

The Russian Defense Ministry mentioned on Friday that it had summoned the US navy attache in Moscow to protest the incident earlier within the day, when a Russian vessel needed to warn off the US Arleigh Burke-class destroyer within the Peter the Great Bay near Vladivostok. 

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“The statement from the Russian Defense Ministry about the interaction between our two Navy ships is false,” the US Pacific Fleet mentioned in a press release later within the day. The Chafee was “conducting routine operations in international waters in the Sea of Japan” when a Russian destroyer “came within approximately 65 yards” (60 meters) of the US ship whereas it was making ready for flight operations. 

The Pacific Fleet insisted that “the interaction was safe and professional,” and that the Russian discover to airmen and mariners (NOTAM/NOTMAR) issued for the world “was not in effect at the time of the interaction.”

“At all times, USS Chafee conducted operations in accordance with international law and custom. The United States will continue to fly, sail, and operate where international law allows,” the fleet concluded.

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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Chafee acquired a warning it was approaching a restricted space, however as an alternative of adjusting course, “raised its colored flags to indicate preparation for a helicopter to take off from the deck, which means it is impossible to change course and speed, and took action to violate the state border of the Russian Federation in the Peter the Great Bay.” 

The anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs then approached the US destroyer to compel it to vary course.

Moscow known as the actions of the US destroyer “unprofessional” and a “crude violation” of worldwide rules of avoiding collisions and a 1972 settlement with Washington on stopping incidents within the air and at sea.

An analogous incident occurred in the identical space in November 2020, when USS John S McCain was pushed off after straying greater than two kilometers inside Russia’s internationally acknowledged maritime border.

The US Navy additionally denied wrongdoing, saying the destroyer was on a “freedom of navigation operation” to problem “Russia’s excessive maritime claims.”

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