Russian and Chinese ships sail near Japan as carrier Lincoln operates near Korea

An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye landing aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). US Navy Photo

KULA LUMPUR — Three Russian warships and three Russian civilian ships transited the Tsushima Strait on Tuesday, while a Chinese surveillance vessel sailed from the East China Sea to the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, according to statements released Wednesday. by the Joint Staff Office of Japan. Self-defense forces.

All three Russian Navy ships are RFS destroyers Admiral Panteleev (548), an Altay-class supply vessel and salvage tug SB-408. The JSDF identified the civilian vessels as pipelay vessels Akademik Cherskiyoffshore supply vessel Ivan Sidorenko and offshore supply vessel Ostap Sheremeta. The three Russian civilian vessels are sanctioned by the United States for their involvement in the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 on the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Foreign Nationals (SDN) list. Work on the pipeline had been completed in September last year and it is likely that the civilian vessels are now in the Pacific on further assignments by their owners.

The Russian ships were sighted 80 kilometers west of the Danjo Islands at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and then proceeded north through the Tsushima Strait and sailed to the Sea of ​​Japan, according to the press release. The JSDF added that Admiral Panteleev had previously been sighted on March 24 heading southwest across the Tsushima Strait. Fleet Air Wing 4 P-1 maritime patrol aircraft based at Naval Air Station Atsugi and JS fast attack craft Shirataka (PG-829) monitored Russian ships.

In a second press release, the JSO said the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Dongdiao-class surveillance vessel 795 was seen moving southeast in the sea, 160 kilometers northwest of Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, then sailed east between Amami Oshima and Yokoate. island before heading to the Pacific Ocean. P-1 maritime patrol aircraft of Fleet Air Wing 1 based at Kanoya Air Field and the supply ship JS hamana (AOE-424) was monitoring the PLAN vessel, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the American aircraft carrier USS abraham lincoln (CVN-72) is now operating in the Philippine Sea after completing exercises with all three JSDF weapons which began April 8. abraham lincolnUSS cruiser Mobile bay (CG-52) and destroyer USS Spruce (DDG-111), with JMSDF JS destroyers Inazuma (DD-105) and JS Congo (DDG-173), conducted joint exercises ranging from air warfare drills to maritime communications operations, according to a U.S. 7th Fleet press release Monday.

Chinese surveillance vessel Dongdiao (AGI) 794 passing through the Tsushima Strait on April 11, 2022. Images by Japanese MoD

“Our enduring commitments to our relationship in the Indo-Pacific region continue to grow and flourish through integrated and bilateral sea exercises, including the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,” said Rear Admiral JT Anderson. , commander of the 3 carrier battle group. in the version. “These exercises demonstrate our collective credible capabilities in combat while preserving our common interests and values.”

During the exercise, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force CH-47s and troops from the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) operated Abraham Lincoln, while a JGSDF AH-64 helicopter carried out landing operations on Inazuma.

As the security environment surrounding Japan becomes even more severe, Japan and the United States are still working closely together to ensure the defense of Japan and the peace and security of the region,” said the Japanese Minister of the Defense, Nobuo Kishi, about the exercises during his regular meeting. Tuesday press conference. “Through this training, we believe that Japan and the United States have always been fully prepared to prevent unilateral attempts to alter the status quo in the region and destabilize it by force.”

USS landing platform dock John P. Murtha (LPD-26) is also operating in the Philippine Sea to conduct routine operations, according to a Pentagon press release. Meanwhile, the USS Expeditionary Support Base Miguel Keith (ESB-5) is on a scheduled visit to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and submarine USS Alexandria (SSN-757) arrived at Checkout Fleet Activities Yokosuka on Monday for a scheduled port visit.