Sending Russia A Maritime Message

| General Philip M. Breedlove
Gen. Philip M. Breedlove
Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO

The U.S. Navy sailed the USS McCampbell close to contested waters in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, according to CNN.   A U.S. Pacific Fleet Spokesperson, told the television network that Moscow lays claim to areas that ‘far exceed’ the 12 miles outside their internationally-guaranteed coastline, saying “The USS McCampbell sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia’s excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other Nations.” The USS McCampbell is a guided missile destroyer

Meanwhile, Russian Television broadcaster RT called the move a ‘stunt’ and reported “The last time a FONUP was conducted in this area was 1987, at the peak of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union.’

This comes amid additional reporting from CNN that the U.S. is taking diplomatic moves to clear the way to send a U.S. ship into The Black Sea, after Russia recently fired on, and seized three Ukrainian ships and is still holding Ukrainian sailors, claiming the ships were sailing in Russian waters.

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The Author is Gen. Philip M. Breedlove

Gen. Philip M. Breedlove retired as the Commander, Supreme Allied Command, Europe, SHAPE, Belgium and Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

The General was raised in Forest Park, Ga., and was commissioned in 1977 as a distinguished graduate of Georgia Tech's ROTC program. He has been assigned to numerous operational, command and staff positions, and has completed eleven overseas tours, including two remote tours. He has commanded a fighter squadron, an...
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