The American military device, in recent years, has been undergoing a profound restructuring in order to effectively deal with any medium / high intensity conflict in the Pacific.
The situation has undergone a significant change since 2008, when China initiated a policy of annexation of the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos in the South China Sea.
However, even in the North Pacific, the XNUMXth Fleet is confronted with Russian power, albeit downsized compared to the years of the Soviet Union.
The US Navy destroyer raised the tension with Moscow John S. McCain (class Arleigh Burke - photo) which last November 25 violated Russian territorial waters, entering the Gulf of Peter the Great, near Vladivostok, by just over a mile.
The announcement of the trespass was made by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, adding that the missile destroyer Admiral Vinogradov he threatened the American unit to ram it if it did not leave immediately.
Following these threats, the McCain it would return to international waters.
The 1984th Fleet, however, claims the right of navigation in the stretch of sea over which Russia claims its sovereignty. The area has been disputed since XNUMX, when the then Soviet Union declared those waters as territorial.
We will see if in the near future there will be other similar episodes or if the new Biden Administration will be able to mediate and find a solution on the dispute.
Photo: US Navy