US destroyer conducts freedom-of-navigation operation near Russia amid heightened tensions
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS McCampbell sailed near contested waters claimed by Russia during a freedom-of-navigation operation in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, according to news reports.
The Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer challenged Russia’s maritime claims by sailing in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay, the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan and home to Vladivostok, port for the Russian navy’s Pacific Fleet, according to CNN and U.S. Naval Institute News.
The purpose of the operation was to uphold the rights, freedom and lawful uses of the sea for the United States and other nations, said a statement by U.S. Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Lt. j.g. Rachel McMarr.
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