Breaking: Coast Guard encounters Chinese missile cruiser and Russian ships in formation in U.S. Bering Sea

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The Coast Guard Cutter Kimball crew, on a routine patrol in the Bering Sea on Sept. 19, encountered a People’s Republic of China Guided Missile Cruiser, Renhai CG 101, sailing approximately 75 nautical miles north of Kiska Island, Alaska.

The Kimball crew later identified two more Chinese naval vessels and four Russian naval vessels, including a Russian Federation Navy destroyer, all in a single formation with the Renhai as a combined surface action group operating in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 

As a result, the Kimball crew is now operating under Operation Frontier Sentinel, a Seventeenth Coast Guard District operation designed to meet presence with presence when strategic competitors operate in and around U.S. waters. The U.S Coast Guard’s presence strengthens the international rules-based order and promotes the conduct of operations in a manner that follows international norms. While the surface action group was temporary in nature, and Kimball observed it disperse, the Kimball will continue to monitor activities in the U.S. EEZ to ensure the safety of U.S. vessels and international commerce in the area. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules air crew provided support to the Kimball’s Operation Frontier Sentinel activities.    

In September 2021, Coast Guard cutters deployed to the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean also encountered Chinese naval vessels, including a surface action group transiting approximately 50 miles off the Aleutian Island chain. 

“While the formation has operated in accordance with international rules and norms,” said Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander, “we will meet presence-with-presence to ensure there are no disruptions to U.S. interests in the maritime environment around Alaska.”

Kimball is a 418-foot legend-class national security cutter homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Kiska Island is part of what was known as the Rat Islands, and was the target of a coordinated attack on the United States during World War II. Along with Attu, Kiska was occupied by the Japanese military, after the imperial military leaders believed that the Doolittle Raid was launched from either Midway Island or the Aleutians. The occupation of Attu and Kiska were the peak of Japan’s expansion in the Pacific.

Read more about the Japanese occupation of Kiska Island at this National Park Service link.

25 COMMENTS

  1. The US Coast Guard against Chinese and Russian battle ships is a complete joke. The Lisa Murkowski response to our national security. We are being tested to see if Joe Biden has any nuts left to accommodate all of the loose screws he has dangling from his brain. The woke US Navy better get a grip.

  2. It’s just a show Force after all of biden’s saber rattling. What’s more important than service ships is what you can’t see under the water. Got to be a sub or two lurking around with that much going on on top.

    • This, exactly this! Under Trump this never would have happened!

      You know, other than that Russian exercise “Ocean Shield” in 2020 when Russian warships intimidated our Alaska fishing vessels – in international waters, within the US EEZ – ordering them out of “their” exercise area. But Trump came out swinging on that one, defending the pride of our fishermen! Oh wait…he didn’t.

      Bottom line, the Russians/Chinese exercising together in international waters near the US while Biden is president is not an indication of weakness from Biden, they did it under Trump, they’ll do it under any president.

      • Pete – No Alaska fishing vessels were intimidated during the 2020 Russian war excercises in international waters off Alaska in 2020 according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard informed vessels that may have been transiting the area to be aware of the legal, and possibly dangerous, war games being conducted in the area. Do you use hyperbole much? Having said that, however, the current incident of Russian & Chinese warships in the EEZ is much more worrying. At the current time the USA & NATO are in a defacto proxy war with Russia, we have a very visibly demented Commander in Chief who has publicly exhibited signs of cognitive impairment on many occasions & the economic & political situation in Europe is rapidly deteriorating. In short, because of the ineptitude of the Biden Regime, the World is on fire!

        • I dunno, first hand accounts of the fishermen’s experience sounds pretty intimidating. ‘https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/us-fishing-fleet-in-bering-sea-rattled-by-russian-military-exercises

          Either way, the Russians (and Chinese) did what they wanted to do in international waters, just like we do every day near their counties. Neither Biden nor Trump’s presidency makes a lick of difference in Russia’s (and China’s) operations. The accusation that somehow the activities of Russia and China off the coast of Alaska is somehow more significant due to Biden’s poor leadership (no real disagreement there) is just patently false.

    • Orange haired man wasn’t as clean as you might think, but probably not anymore dirty than all the rest of them. You can go down through the long list and name off dirty presidents even if you eliminated everyone below FDR, Eisenhower probably had Patton killed, there’s too much to write about Kennedy, and the same could be said for Johnson, and Nixon although he was found to be innocent except for everything but the cover up, and on and on and on including Obama and Clinton. So the point is no president is above the law, some just get accused more than others.

  3. A relevant question is: were those vessels closer to, or further from, our shores than vessels in our carrier groups were recently to or from mainland China? A relevant point: never in the history of the world has a nation’s primary enemy been simultaneously it’s primary trading partner. We need to be thoughtful.

  4. The Russians and Chinese are testing the waters and doing recon. They’re waiting for us to get weaker and weaker and with our military going woke, we’re headed down the path. They know we survive up here with barges, hence the warships.

  5. What’s being told to the general public and what’s actually happening? At this point it’s all smoke and mirrors, for all we know WW3 is imminent, after all, Covid is a lie from China and the jab is a slow kill. Wakey, wakey sheeple.

  6. We appreciate the Coast Guard’s diligence, “monitoring” unmasked, unvaccinated, heavily armed aliens invading American waters apparently at their leisure.
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    We expect our Coast Guard to be allowed the same success at protecting America’s maritime border as the Border Patrol is allowed to have while guarding America’s southern border.
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    But we wish Godspeed to both.

    • Unvaccinated eh? So apparently you’re vaccinated. If so, then an unvaccinated person should not be able to infect you?…. unless, of course, your vaccine is ineffective…. in which case you’ve been played like a fiddle.

      • I’m pretty sure it’s common knowledge that the “jab” doesn’t keep you from getting infected. It reduces the symptoms when you do get covid. It’s not a force field that keeps you from getting sick. Where do you get your info your comment makes zero sense.

  7. The Kimball presence was nothing but an annoyance to the new alliance that has been formed by China and Russia. They will continue to encroach on U.S. sovereign territory because Biden is a pathetic weak leader that is on the Chinese payroll and because of his lack of foreign policy will get us in WW3 as he continues to weaken our military with experimental vaccines and giving away our weapon stocks to Ukraine to be sold on the Black Market. Biden is a traitor to the United States and has orchestrated a destruction of our economy as he prints money and launders it through Ukraine. America has a chance to set things right this November.

    • Several Congressional members , both republican and democrats bought a ton of defense stocks right before the Russia/ Ukraine war- with the US pouring money at the Ukraine like they had a vested financial interest- …..oh wait……

  8. Weak leadership, woke ideologies, political correctness-
    All more important than a strong military, strong leadership , strong men and women in the USA.
    Lazy brained resident in the White House being led by an Indonesian( not black) soy boy ex- resident, who’s only wish is for the USA to be like those other weak countries.
    FJB-FBO

  9. Under the Law of the Sea convention, military naval vessels are permitted to conduct innocent passage in territorial waters, passage through international straits (surface, air and subsurface), including the approaches to those straits, and military activities in high seas. The U.S territorial sea extends 12 miles from the U.S. coastline. While the U.S. claims the exclusive right to the fisheries within the EEZ which extends 200 miles from shore, foreign vessels, including naval vessels, are allowed to operate within the EEZ. The Russian and Chinese warships have every right to operate in the high seas waters within the Bering Sea. U.S.naval vessels routinely operate closer than 75 miles from the coastlines of Russia and China. It’s good that the Coast Guard is monitoring their activities, but it can’t interfere with their navigation.

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