Mariners advised of Russian missile operations in Bering Sea zone off St. Lawrence Island

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency issued a warning this week advising mariners of upcoming Russian missile operations in the Bering Sea.

The operations are expected to continue from Thursday to Sept. 24 in a stretch of the Bering Sea that includes part of the U.S. exclusive economic zone southwest of St. Lawrence Island, along the U.S.-Russia Maritime Boundary Line, said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Hightower with the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska.

The Russian missile operations are planned within international waters and are not in violation of international laws, Hightower said.

The Coast Guard notified vessels in the vicinity of the upcoming operations and continues to communicate with the maritime and fishing industries, Hightower said.

“We have positioned a Coast Guard Cutter in the area to provide a continued U.S. presence and ensure there are no disruptions to commerce as mariners go about their work,” he said.

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Alena Naiden

Alena Naiden writes about communities in the North Slope and Northwest Arctic regions for the Arctic Sounder and ADN. Previously, she worked at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.