USA military flexes muscles in message to Russian Federation

The USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Antietam conducted a routine transit to demonstrate US commitment

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The USS McCampbell sailed near contested waters claimed by Russian Federation during a freedom-of-navigation operation in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, according to news reports. In the South China Sea, despite perceptions that U.S. FONOPs have been exclusively conducted against Chinese claims, the U.S. Navy has also challenged excessive maritime claims made by U.S. allies and partners, including the Philippines and Vietnam.

Despite the name of the bay, the USA does not recognize Russia's claims that exceed the 12 miles out from the coastline that worldwide law provides.

Washington has stepped up its activity in the Pacific Ocean in recent years, with its ship conducting drills and freedom-of-navigation passages near Russian and Chinese territorial waters.

She said: "These operations demonstrate the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever worldwide law allows".

Peter the Great Bay is the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, and home both to the Russian city of Vladivostok and the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet. "That is true in the Sea of Japan, as in other places around the globe", McMarr said.

CNN reported that the State Department has notified Turkey of the intent to send a warship through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, which requires a 15-day notice under the terms of the 1936 Montreux Convention.

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A spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry said Russian Federation "scrupulously abides by the provisions of the treaty, and the United States side knows this".

The last U.S. ship to enter the Black Sea was the fast transport ship USNS Carson City in October.

"Russia must know that the USA will not allow them to militarize worldwide waterways in key areas such as the Black Sea, the Sea of Japan or Okhotsk, or elsewhere", Zilberman said.

"We routinely conduct operations to advance security and stability throughout the USA 6th Fleet area of operations to include the worldwide waters and airspace of the Black Sea", fleet spokesman Commander Kyle Raines told CNN.

The U.S. Navy is also preparing to send a warship into the Black Sea for the first time in a month to provide support to Ukraine after a naval skirmish with Russian Federation.

The US naval operation in Russian-claimed waters comes amid deepening tension between the 2 countries over Russia's seizure last month of Ukrainian naval vessels.

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