A U.S. Coast Guard vessel patrolling in the Bering Sea reported that it encountered Russian Navy ships and Chinese military vessels off the coast of an Alaskan Island.
The Coast Guard cutter first spotted a Chinese guided missile cruiser on Sept. 19, then later discovered the ship was not alone. Two other Chinese naval ships and four Russian military vessels, including a destroyer, were spotted in single formation about 90 miles off Alaska’s Kiska Island, reported the American ship known as the Kimball.
A 418-foot ship with Honolulu as its base watched as foreign carriers formed and set sail. The military branch stated that a C-130 Hercules provided support airlift for the Kimball at 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 was the 17th Coast Guard District commander, said in a statement.
The encounter comes about a month after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned China had increased interest in the Artic and Russia was conducting a military buildup in the region.
Stoltenberg said Russia had established and reopened hundreds of military sites, including deep-water ports and airfields.