USCG cutter spots Chinese and Russian warships off Alaska

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The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kimball while on a routine patrol in the Bering Sea encountered warships from the People’s Republic of China as well as Russian Navy warships sailing in a combined surface action off Alaska.

The cutter first spotted the Chinese guided-missile cruiser Renhai CG 101 sailing about 75 nautical miles north of Kiska Island, Alaska on September 19.

The crew of the Kimball then identified two other Chinese navy ships and four Russian navy ships, including a destroyer, all in a single formation with the Renhai as a combined surface action group operating in the area. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the United States.

As a result, Kimball’s crew is now operating in Operation Frontier Sentinel, a Coast Guard Seventeenth District operation designed to respond to presence with presence when strategic competitors operate in and around U.S. waters. .

While the surface action group was temporary in nature and Kimball watched it disperse, the ship will continue to monitor activities in the area, officials noted.

A Kodiak C-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station provided support for Kimball’s Operation Frontier Sentinel activities.

In September 2021, coastguards deployed in the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean also encountered Chinese naval vessels, including a surface action group transiting about 50 miles off the Channel Aleutian Islands.

“While the training operated in accordance with international rules and standards”, said Rear Adm. Nathan MooreCommander of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District, “We will meet presence with presence to ensure that there is no disruption of American interests in the maritime environment around Alaska.”

Kimball is a 418-foot (127.4-meter) Legend-class National Security Cutter based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Earlier this month, combat ships from the Russian and Chinese naval branches trained to jointly search for and attack fake enemy submarines as part of the Vostok 2022 exercise.

The navies conducted joint tasks related to the search and destruction of enemy mock submarines in the central Sea of ​​Japan.

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