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Russian Military Tracks US Destroyer in Sea of Japan - MoD

07 December 2018

"McCampbell sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other Nations", Navy Lt. Rachel McMarr, a Pacific Fleet spokesperson, said in a statement.

Pacific Fleet stressed to CNN that Wednesday's freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) was "not about any one country, nor are they about current events", adding, "These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows".

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.

"Our submarines, too, might have surfaced suddenly some place in the Gulf of Mexico to shock America", he told Russian news agency TASS.

"We have the corresponding forces of our submarine fleet there", the defense expert warned. He added that Washington's attempts to intimidate Moscow were "useless and senseless". Despite all the bravado, the United States destroyer actually "never came closer than 100km" to the Russian territorial waters, the Defense Ministry's spokesperson, Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

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Under worldwide maritime law, a nation's territorial rights extend 12 miles from shore but Moscow claims the entire Peter the Great Bay as its own even though it stretches farther than that from parts of the Russian coast.

"These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever global law allows", US Navy spokeswoman Rachel McMarr said.

CNN learned from the U.S. Navy that the United States does not recognize Russia's claims on Sea of Japan waters, noting that Kremlin claims ownership of areas that far exceed the 12 miles from the Russian coastline. It comes amid renewed tensions between the United States and Russian Federation in the Black Sea, where Russian Federation seized multiple Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait last month, and as the two sides trade accusations over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka (FLEACT) following its patrol of the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility on October 5, 2015.

CNN reported that the Pentagon had asked the State Department to inform Turkey that it planned to send a warship to the Black Sea.

Russian Military Tracks US Destroyer in Sea of Japan - MoD