A Russian submarine surfaced near Alaska on Thursday during a Russian war game exercise, U.S. military officials said.
Vessel tracking information on Wednesday and Thursday showed a fleet of pollock trawlers and longliners about 80 nautical miles west of St. Matthew Island, on the American side of the boundary. Among the ships are vessels from American Seafoods and Trident Seafoods. Both companies declined to comment on the record.
How much do you know about trawling in general and the Pollock fishery in particular? It’s difficult to know how to answer that without knowing what you know.
I was there. They weren’t just out for a casual cruise and happened to have to make passing arrangements with a couple trawlers. They were intentionally being provocative. They attempted to interfere with fishing operations.
Russia’s Pacific Fleet has claimed that the surfacing of the guided-missile submarine Omsk in the Bering Sea off Alaska yesterday was “routine,” despite it being a highly unusual event that set of alarm bells within the U.S. military.
We do, I’ve never heard of them spoofing a trawl sonar or ‘ejecting clouds of subsea chaff to create a decoy Pollock school’ which sounds like some horseshit somebody made up. Their subs passive sonar can detect our net sounder active sonar a long way off and they stay clear.
“Three warships and two support vessels of theirs were coming and would not turn,” Elliott said, in an interview over the Vesteraalen’s satellite phone. “And they came marching right through the fleet.”
The Coast Guard contacted the Alaskan Command at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which confirmed the ships were there as part of a pre-planned Russian military exercise that was known to some U.S. military officials, he said.
When “some in the US Military know” don’t they share that with others?
In any case, it is not unusual that Russians exercise in Russian EEZ, but a bit more unusual that the US exercise in the Barents Sea near the Russian Naval Bases in Kola:
At least it has been unusual until recently.
BTW; Isn’t there a treaty about mutual advanced notification on major military exercises?
They were not in the Russian EEZ. Maybe that is a typo on your part.
At any rate, the issue is not the presence of Russian military vessels but their behavior. The fishing fleet had been in that area for weeks, in some cases months. There was no call to attempt to interfere with American fishing vessels in our EEZ nor to attempt to exclude us from hundreds of square miles of ocean. If American Navy vessels behaved this way in the Russian EEZ they should be censured as well.
This is far from the first time American fishing vessels have encountered Russian Navy vessels. It’s the first time they have attempted to arbitrarily exclude us from conducting fishing operations in our EEZ and hopefully the last.