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Old 11-24-2020, 10:50 AM
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Exclamation Russia claims a US warship ran away after one of its destroyers threatened to ram it,

Russia claims a US warship ran away after one of its destroyers threatened to ram it, but the US Navy says it didn't happen
By: Ryan Pickrell - Business Insider News - 11-24-20
Re: https://www.businessinsider.com/us-r...at-sea-2020-11

Photo link of US Vessel: https://i.insider.com/5cef1bb511e205...jpeg&auto=webp
USS John S. McCain - USN

* The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation Thursday that challenged Russia's excessive maritime claims in the Sea of Japan.

* Russia accused the US of violating its territory and claimed that the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov warned the American vessel and threatened to ram it. The Russian defense ministry said that the US ship departed immediately after the warning.

* The US Navy said that the Russian statement is "false," and a Navy official told Insider that there was nothing unsafe, unprofessional, or threatening about the encounter.

Russia is claiming victory in a naval confrontation that the US Navy says never happened.

The US destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan on Thursday, challenging excessive Russian maritime claims, 7th Fleet said in a statement.

In the 1980s, the Soviet Union attempted to claim territorial waters beyond what is accepted in international law, and Russia continues those claims today. The US, however, does not acknowledge those waters as Russian territory.

The Russian defense ministry said that the US warship violated its maritime borders by sailing through Russian territorial waters and that the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov was sent to drive the American ship away.

The defense ministry said that the Russian warship issued a warning and threatened to use "a ramming maneuver" to force the McCain out of its waters. Russia claims that after the warning was issued, the Admiral Vinogradov changed course, and the McCain returned to international waters.

The US, however, flatly rejected this version of events.

"The Russian Federation's statement about this mission is false," the 7th Fleet said in an update to its original statement, adding that "USS John S. McCain was not 'expelled' from any nation's territory. McCain conducted this FONOP in accordance with international law and continued to conduct normal operations in international waters."

While the Admiral Vinogradov was there, a Navy official told Insider that all interactions during the FONOP were in accordance with international law, which is to say there was nothing unsafe, unprofessional, or threatening about the encounter.

The US Navy has had "unsafe" encounters with Admiral Vinogradov in the past though.

2n photo link: https://i.insider.com/5fbd1a8932f217...jpeg&auto=webp
The US Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), right, is forced to maneuver to avoid collision from the approaching Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, closing to approximately 50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk. US Navy

In early June 2019, the Russian destroyer maneuvered dangerously close to the US Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville in the Pacific, risking a collision at sea. The Russian vessel came within 100 feet of the US vessel as it was attempting to recover a helicopter.

"This unsafe action forced USS Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision," 7th Fleet said at the time.

Russia tried to blame the US for the 2019 incident, with the defense ministry claiming that the US ship "suddenly changed course and cut across the path of the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov," but photos from the incident poke holes in the Russian argument.

The US and Russian militaries have also had a number of close calls in the air as well in recent years, such as when Russian fighters carried out three "unsafe" intercepts of US P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft in April and May.

And, in August, there was an incident in which Russian fighter jets crossed within 100 feet of the nose of a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber, risking an accident.

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Personal note: Putin is getting a little out of hand of late. These incident's could've cost the lives of men and ships at sea. Testing the water's is a dangerous game. It seems Russia is stepping up its encounters of late and it will result in lost of men and vessels.
I have no idea where their lines are drawn on the sea - but I'm sure both sides are aware of the deadly games they play. This will be something Biden will have to address both with Russia and his Naval Dept. We don't need any incidents to come about from so-called lines in the water.

Note: Territorial Disputes and Cross-Border Management

Territorial sea is defined under the UNCLOS as the 12-nautical mile zone from the baseline or low-water line along the coast. The coastal state's sovereignty extends to the territorial sea, including its seabed, subsoil and air space above it.

Cross-Border Ecological Preservation and Biosafety
Re: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics...itime-boundary

* The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

Territorial Disputes and Cross-Border Management

11.1.4 Inconsistent or Contradictory Statements

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is established to define coastal and maritime boundaries, to regulate seabed exploration not within territorial claims, and to distribute revenue from regulated exploration. Territorial sea is defined under the UNCLOS as the 12-nautical mile zone from the baseline or low-water line along the coast. The coastal state’s sovereignty extends to the territorial sea, including its seabed, subsoil and air space above it. Article 56 of the UNCLOS outlines parameters for the establishment of a country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which extends 200 nautical miles from the country’s coastline. Article 56 gives sovereign rights for exploration, exploitation, conservation and resource management of living and non-living natural resources of waters in the country’s EEZ. Article 76 defines the continental shelf of a nation, which ‘comprises the seabed and subsoil of the submarine areas that extend beyond its territorial sea throughout the natural prolongation of its land territory to the outer edge of the continental margin or to a distance of 200 nautical miles…’ (cited from UNCLOS, 1982).

However, the establishment of the UNCLOS parameters has also created the potential for overlapping claims in semi-enclosed seas. These claims could be further extended by any nation which could establish a settlement on the islands at these seas. Indeed, Article 121 of the UNCLOS, which states that ‘rocks that cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf’, has flaws in identifying if the object is an islet or rock.

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But are these held by all countries or does it vary? Are all Member's or rogue nations?

I don't know

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Old 11-24-2020, 11:04 AM
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Thumbs up US Navy destroyer challenges Russia’s claims to Peter the Great Bay in Sea of Japan

US Navy destroyer challenges Russia’s claims to Peter the Great Bay in Sea of Japan
By: Stephen Sorace - Fox News 11-24-20
Re: https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-nav...a-sea-of-japan

USS John S. McCain carried out freedom of navigation operation

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday sent a warship to challenge Russia’s “excessive” maritime claims in the Western Pacific, officials said.

The USS John S. McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, “asserted navigational rights and freedoms” through a freedom of navigation operation near the Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan, a 7th Fleet statement said.

US WITHDRAWS FROM OPEN SKIES TREATY WITH RUSSIA: OFFICIALS

“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 statement said.

However, Russia said it caught the U.S. guided-missile destroyer operating illegally in its waters, Reuters reported. The Kremlin said that the Admiral Vinogradov, a Russian destroyer, issued a verbal warning and threatened to ram the U.S. warship before chasing it away.

1st photo link: https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxne....jpg?ve=1&tl=1
The USS John S. McCain carried out a freedom of navigation operation through Peter the Great Bay on Tuesday, the Navy said. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda)

The bay is the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan, stretching 115 miles. It is named for Czar Peter the Great, who ruled Russia from 1682 to 1725.

In 1984, the Soviet Union claimed the bay as its internal waters by drawing a 106-nautical mile closing line along its coasts. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has maintained the claim, which the Navy said was “inconsistent with the rules of international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention.”

“By drawing this closing line, the U.S.S.R. attempted to claim more internal waters - and territorial sea farther from shore - than it is entitled to claim under international law,” the 7th Fleet said.

2nd photo link: https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxne....jpg?ve=1&tl=1
Ensign James Bateman, from Huntsville, Ala., scans the horizon utilizing the ‘big eyes’ while standing watch on the on the bridge wing of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain on Tuesday. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda)

“By conducting this operation, the United States demonstrated that these waters are not Russia's territorial sea and that the United States does not acquiesce in Russia's claim that Peter the Great is a ‘historic bay’ under international law,” the statement continued.

The U.S. has previously carried out similar operations near China, which continues to assert expansive territorial claims. The Navy often sends warships through the strategic South China Sea.

The Navy said: “As long as some countries continue to assert maritime claims that are inconsistent with international law as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and that purport to restrict unlawfully the rights and freedoms enjoyed by all States, the United States will continue to defend the rights and freedoms of the sea guaranteed to all."

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Personal note: The vessel McCaine is as tough as the late Senator John McCaine.

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