ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Four U.S. Navy warships were recently dispatched to the Aleutian Islands following an incursion of 11 foreign military vessels in American waters.
The exact time and location of the incursion was not made public, and information about the event is still being declassified.
Ships from other nations are permitted to complete voyages through waters identified as territories of another country in a practice known as innocent passage.
“It certainly reminds us of how important Alaska is, from both a strategic standpoint, but also a force projection standpoint,” Sullivan said.
“After last year’s incursion, I mentioned to several leaders in the military, hey, we need to prepare for this happening again.
In September of 2021, Coast Guard vessels located Chinese ships near the Aleutian Island chain.
Although Alaskans are not in danger, the presence of foreign military vessels nearby may be unsettling to residents. »