U.S. Navy's Vigilant Response to Russian and Chinese Patrols Near Alaska

By Ethan Cole on
 August 11, 2023

The U.S. Navy's four destroyers, USS John S. McCain, USS Benfold, USS John Finn, and USS Chung-Hoon, recently monitored a total of 11 Chinese and Russian ships conducting a patrol near Alaska.

This response showcases the Navy's unwavering commitment to safeguarding national interests and maintaining peace in international waters.

A Strong Message of Defense

Monitoring Foreign Ships

The combined Chinese and Russian patrol was kept under close observation by both U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Air Force Master Sgt. Benjamin Wiseman emphasized that the patrol remained in international waters and was not considered a threat. This responsible and measured approach sends a clear message of America's commitment to peace and stability.

The Largest Combined Naval Group

According to retired Navy Capt. Brent Sadler, this recent patrol was the largest combined Russian and Chinese naval group to operate together near Alaska. While the geopolitical context may be provocative, the U.S. Navy's response was mature and measured, reflecting the nation's role as the "grownups in the room."

U.S. Navy's Robust Response

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) praised the military for its "robust response" to the patrol, stating that it sends a strong message to foreign powers that the United States will not hesitate to protect and defend its vital national interests.

The Growing Cooperation Between Russia and China

Increased Joint Training and Exercises

Navy Adm. John Aquilino, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, noted the increased cooperation between Russia and China in the Pacific region. This growing alliance is being closely monitored by U.S. forces, ensuring that the nation remains prepared and vigilant.

A Strategy from the Cold War

James Holmes, the J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College, observed that the combined Russian and Chinese patrols are revisiting a maritime strategy from the Cold War era. By operating close to the United States and Canada, they are signaling their capability and alliance. However, the U.S. Navy's watchful eye ensures that national interests are protected.

Conclusion

The U.S. Navy's response to the Russian and Chinese ships near Alaska is a testament to the resilience, dedication, and success of our military forces. By acting responsibly and vigilantly, the Navy has once again proven its commitment to defending the nation's waters and upholding international law.

The guardians of the sea stand ready, ensuring that America remains a beacon of peace, strength, and stability.

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2 comments on “U.S. Navy's Vigilant Response to Russian and Chinese Patrols Near Alaska”

  1. You’ve got to be kidding me Russia and China had 11 ships we had four and that’s a commanding response? Stop giving us the BS..

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