The US Coast Guard is tracking a Russian

US Coast Guard officials are monitoring a Russian ship seen in waters near the Hawaiian Islands that they believe is being used to gather intelligence, the agency said this week.

In a press release issued Wednesday, the Coast Guard noted that international law allows foreign military vessels to travel freely through the US exclusive economic zone, which designates parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans where the US is located. The US and other coastal nations have control over natural resources. , according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But “foreign-flagged military vessels,” possibly, like the Russian ship under surveillance near Hawaii, “have often been observed operating and loitering” in that particular area, according to the Coast Guard.

It belongs to the agency’s 14th District, whose jurisdiction includes the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, as well as most of the western and central Pacific.

“The District Commander oversees 25 operational units ashore and afloat throughout the Pacific, which regularly conduct maritime security, natural resource protection, maritime security, national security, and national defense missions,” reads a description of District Fourteen in the government Coast Guard. website.

District Fourteen is the bureau’s “largest area of ​​responsibility,” covering more than 14 million square miles of land and sea, according to the Coast Guard. It includes units on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, and in American Samoa, Saipan, Guam, Singapore and Japan, and employs about 1,800 soldiers in active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary roles, according to the site description.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday that it is coordinating with partners in the US Department of Defense to track and provide updates on foreign vessel movements and related activities in the Fourteenth District, “and to appropriately comply with the presence with presence to promote international maritime standards”. The agency released a short clip of surveillance footage showing the Russian ship moving through the waters off the coast of Hawaii.

“The US Coast Guard is currently monitoring the Russian vessel operating in the vicinity of Hawaii,” said Cmdr. Dave Milne, the agency’s head of external affairs, in a statement.

“As part of our daily operations, we track all vessels in the Pacific area through surface and air assets and joint agency capabilities,” the statement continued. “The Coast Guard operates in accordance with the international laws of the sea to ensure that all nations can do the same without fear or competition. This is especially critical to ensure freedom of movement and navigation throughout the Blue Pacific.”

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