by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – In a massive display of power, Russia has deployed a fleet of warships, submarines, and support vessels to a pacific location just 35 nautical miles off the coast of Hawaii, the UK Daily Mail reported Tuesday. Flanked by fighter jets as it carried out military exercises, the Russian fleet completed practice maneuvers for sinking an aircraft carrier.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has stated it has a fleet positioned 300 miles off the coast of Hawaii, but unconfirmed satellite images from June 19 show the vessels are actually just 40 standard miles away, the Mail said.
Twice this month already, on 14th and 18th June, the US has had to scramble F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets in response to Russian bomber activity off the coast of Hawaii, the Mail reports. The Russian jets did not enter the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone on either occasion and were not intercepted.
The US Defense Ministry is keeping a careful eye on the situation. ‘U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is monitoring the Russian vessels operating in international waters in the Western Pacific,’ U.S. Indo-Pacific Command spokesman Captain Mike Kafka told CBS News in a statement.
‘We operate in accordance with international law of the sea and in the air to ensure that all nations can do the same without fear or contest and in order to secure a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Kafka said. “As Russia operates within the region, it is expected to do so in accordance with international law,” he added.
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