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“Freedom Of Navigation”: USS John McCain Enters Russian Territorial Waters, Intercepted By Admiral Vinogradov Destroyer

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"Freedom Of Navigation": USS John McCain Enters Russian Territorial Waters, Intercepted By Admiral Vinogradov Destroyer

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On November 24th, the USS John McCain Arleigh Burke-class destroyer crossed the Russian border in the south of Primorsky Krai, the Defense Ministry said.

“The large anti-submarine ship of the Pacific Fleet” Admiral Vinogradov “stopped the violation of the state border of the Russian Federation by the US Navy destroyer John McCain in the Gulf of Peter the Great,” the release said.

It is specified that the Americans went two kilometers beyond the line. After that, the Admiral Vinogradov Udaloy-class destroyer via the international communication channel warned the foreign warship about the inadmissibility of such actions.

A warning was also issued that the Russian warship could potentially employ a ramming maneuver to drive out the intruder.

After that, the USS John McCain immediately went into neutral waters and did not make repeated attempts to enter Russian territorial waters.

The Admiral Vinogradov warship continues to monitor the American ship, and the Russian Steregushchy-class corvette Sovershennyy also joined in.

According to the US side, this was a freedom of navigation operation near Russia.

“This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging Russia’s excessive maritime claims.”

The US also said that it would continue doing so.

U.S. forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, as they have for more than a century.

They routinely operate in close coordination with like-minded allies and partners who share our commitment to uphold a free and open international order that promotes security and prosperity.

“All of our operations are designed to be conducted in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows – regardless of the location of excessive maritime claims and regardless of current events.”

Back in 2017, the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with a tanker ship off the coast of Singapore. The accident took lives of 10 of its crew members and left five others injured. ​​​​​​​

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