In a recent development, heightened international focus turns towards the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea. Eleven military vessels from China and Russia have been spotted operating near the Aleutian Islands, prompting a quick and determined reaction from the U.S. Navy. Four U.S. Navy destroyers were swiftly dispatched, signaling a decisive move in the region.
Alaska's Republican Senators, Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski, issued a joint news release on Saturday evening, shedding light on the comprehensive briefings they received from Alaska Command leadership about the operation. Both Senators stressed their direct involvement with the situation, with Murkowski stating, "We've remained in close contact with Alaska Command's leadership for several days and have received detailed classified briefings about the foreign vessels."
Senator Sullivan further highlighted the seriousness of the event, describing it as a vivid symbol of a new era marked by authoritarian aggression orchestrated by leaders in Beijing and Moscow. He emphasized, "The incursion of 11 Chinese and Russian warships operating jointly – just off the coast of Alaska – is yet another indication that we have entered a new age of authoritarian aggression led by the dictators in Beijing and Moscow."
This incident isn't the first of its kind. In August 2020, Russian military exercises in the Bering Sea raised concerns among U.S. fishing fleets, resulting in clashes and disruptions. Russian aircraft and warships buzzed U.S. boats, including those from major companies like Trident Seafoods and American Seafoods, forcing them to abandon fishing areas. The lack of advance notice from Russian authorities was unprecedented.