China and Russia recently conducted a joint naval operation near US territory, causing a significant response from the US Navy. The operation involved 11 ships and approached the southwestern coast of Alaska, as reported by Senator Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, who received a briefing on the matter from US defense officials. In response, the US Navy mobilized four destroyers to guide the Chinese and Russian ships away from American waters.
Senator Dan Sullivan expressed concern over the size and scope of the joint naval task force operated by Russia and China, describing it as unprecedented. He emphasized that this display of cooperation between the US’s main adversaries is alarming, and it highlights a new era of authoritarian aggression led by Beijing and Moscow.
The US Navy’s response to the joint operation has shown considerable improvement compared to a similar incident in the past. The US dispatched four destroyers and P-8 Poseidon aircraft to shadow the Chinese and Russian ships away from the Alaskan coast. This heightened response demonstrates American resolve and determination to protect its territorial waters.
Senator Sullivan urged successive administrations, including the current Biden administration, to commit more Naval, Coast Guard, and Marine presence and assets in the region. He stressed the importance of taking the situation seriously and allocating robust defense budgets to strengthen America’s national security.
Global Significance and Provocative Nature
Analysts have labeled this joint naval operation as a “historical first” with global significance. Given the ongoing tensions surrounding Taiwan and the war in Ukraine, the move has been deemed highly provocative and adds to the growing concerns over authoritarian aggression.