"The US dispatched four navy warships as well as a reconnaissance airplane
after multiple Chinese and Russian military vessels carried out a joint naval
patrol near Alaska last week.
The combined naval patrol, which the Wall Street Journal
appeared to be the largest such flotilla to approach US territory, according to
experts that spoke to the outlet.
“It’s a historical first,” Brent Sadler, a retired Navy captain and senior
research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told the Journal.
He also said the flotilla’s proximity to Alaska was a “highly provocative”
maneuver given Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine and political tensions between
the US and China over Taiwan. The flotilla has since left.
The US Northern Command confirmed the combined Chinese and Russian naval
patrol, telling the Journal
: “Air and maritime assets under our commands
conducted operations to assure the defense of the United States and Canada. The
patrol remained in international waters and was not considered a threat.”
The command did not specify the number of vessels which made up the patrol or
their exact location. But US senators from Alaska said the flotilla in question
was made up of 11 Chinese and Russian warships working in concert near the
Four destroyers and a Poseidon P-8 patrol airplane made up the US response to
the Chinese and Russian flotilla."
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