Russian Navy Allegedly Intercepts USS John S. McCain in Territorial Waters

Russia’s defense ministry claimed that their warship caught and intercepted the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain operating illegally in Russia’s territorial waters.

Russia’s defense ministry claimed that their warship, Admiral Vinogradov, a Russian destroyer caught and intercepted the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain operating illegally in Russia’s territorial waters.

The US Navy said the USS John S. McCain asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan during a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP.) 

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Admiral Vinogradov had issued a verbal warning to the U.S. ship and threatened to ram it in order to force it to leave their waters.

The US navy defended that the USS John S. McCain was “upholding the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging Russia’s excessive maritime claims.”

“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,” said the U.S. Seventh Fleet press release.


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