A Russian spy ship has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii.
The Coast Guard announced Wednesday that it had been tracking what it believed to be a Russian intelligence-gathering ship off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands “in recent weeks” and released video of the ship refueling at sea with another Russian vessel.
The US Coast Guard released the following message:
Although foreign military vessels may transit freely through the US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) according to customary international law, foreign-flagged military vessels have been observed operating and prowling the Coast Guard District Fourteen area of response.
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The Coast Guard continues to coordinate with Department of Defense partners, provide updates on the movements and activities of foreign vessels, and visit as appropriate with a presence to promote international maritime rules.
“The U.S. Coast Guard is currently monitoring a Russian vessel in the vicinity of Hawaii,” said Cmdr. Dave Milne, Head of External Affairs. “As part of our daily operations, we track all ships in the Pacific region through surface and air assets and joint agency capabilities.
The Coast Guard operates in accordance with international laws of the sea to ensure that all nations can do the same without fear or competition. This is particularly critical for securing freedom of movement and navigation across the blue Pacific.
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It is not known what the Russian ship focused on in its apparent espionage efforts.