Patrol spots Chinese, Russian naval ships off Aleutians

9/27/2022 4:02:00 AM

A U.S. Coast Guard ship on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across a guided missile cruiser from China, officials said Monday.

Presence, Kimball

A U.S. Coast Guard ship on routine patrol in the Bering Sea last week discovered several Chinese and Russia n naval vessels, including a destroyer, north of Alaska ’s Kiska Island in the Aleutians .

A U.S. Coast Guard ship on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across a guided missile cruiser from China , officials said Monday.

The patrol boat, known as a cutter called Kimball, later discovered there were two other Chinese naval ships and four Russian naval vessels, including a destroyer, all in single formation.The Honolulu-based Kimball, a 418-foot vessel, observed as the ships broke formation and dispersed. A C-130 Hercules provided air support for the Kimball from the Coast Guard station in Kodiak.

“While the formation has operated in accordance with international rules and norms, we will meet presence with presence to ensure there are no disruptions to U.S. interests in the maritime environment around Alaska,” Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander said.

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But it turned out the cruiser wasn’t alone as it sailed about 86 miles north of Alaska’s Kiska Island in the Aleutians, on Sept..“It's too soon to say that there's not going to be a wobble,” DeSantis said, later adding, “or there's not going to be any type of curvature back into the Florida peninsula.DeSantis said he has activated 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard and said dangerous storm surges are possible as Ian moves north and gains strength.

19. The patrol boat, known as a cutter called Kimball, later discovered there were two other Chinese naval ships and four Russian naval vessels, including a destroyer, all in single formation. The Honolulu-based Kimball, a 418-foot vessel, observed as the ships broke formation and dispersed. DeSantis has already declared a state of emergency ahead of Ian. A C-130 Hercules provided air support for the Kimball from the Coast Guard station in Kodiak. “While the formation has operated in accordance with international rules and norms, we will meet presence with presence to ensure there are no disruptions to U.

S. DeSantis added that he’s been in contact with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell since Friday. interests in the maritime environment around Alaska,” Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander said. The Coast Guard said Operation Frontier Sentinel guidelines call for meeting “presence with presence” when strategic competitors operate in and around U. The White House postponed the trip due to the impending storm.S.

waters. The Kimball will continue to monitor the area. “That's something that could happen with a hurricane of this magnitude,” DeSantis said. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to questions about the incident from The Associated Press. The Chinese and Russian formation came a month after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned about China’s interest in the Arctic and Russia’s military buildup there. Stoltenberg said Russia has set up a new Arctic Command and has opened hundreds of new and former Soviet-era Arctic military sites, including deep-water ports and airfields. DeSantis said early forecasts show Ian could weaken before the storm hits the coast.

China has declared itself a “near Arctic” state and plans to build the world’s largest icebreaker, he said. “Beijing and Moscow have also pledged to intensify practical cooperation in the Arctic. This forms part of a deepening strategic partnership that challenges our values and interests,” Stoltenberg said in a visit to Canada’s north. “It is expected to weaken by the time it makes landfall and would no longer be a major hurricane, but it will still have significant impacts,” DeSantis said. This wasn’t the first time Chinese naval ships have sailed near Alaska waters. In September 2021, Coast Guard cutters in the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean encountered Chinese ships, some about 50 miles off the Aleutian Islands.

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