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US Navy Conducts First Post-Cold War FONOP in Peter the Great Bay, Off Russian Coast

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06.12.2018

On Wednesday, a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed through Russian-claimed waters off the Sea of Japan, in Peter the Great Bay off the Russian port city of Vladivostok, in a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP). USS McCampbell, an Arleigh Bukre-class guided missile destroyer, sailed through part of Peter the Great Bay.

According to a statement by a U.S. Navy official, the FONOP is the first of its kind in the area since 1987. It comes amid renewed tensions between the United States and Russia in the Black Sea, where Russia seized multiple Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait last month, and as the two sides trade accusations over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces........

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