Former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf told Newsmax that there should be some concern regarding the Coast Guard's sighting of both Russian and Chinese naval vessels off the coast of Alaska.
"Well, I think you have to be somewhat concerned about that, particularly when they are off the coast of the United States and Alaska," Wolf told "American Agenda."
"Obviously, [Department of Defense] ... is going to be monitoring those types of exercises. Hopefully, they're in contact with some of them — not North Korea — but definitely some of the other countries."
"Usually when they're doing big exercises like that, uh, they will give us a heads up so that you know there's no type of altercation that goes on there. But you still have to be concerned about it. You're still keeping an eye on it to understand what exactly is going on there," Wolf added.
According to a Facebook post from the Coast Guard on Tuesday, the maritime security branch spotted a People's Republic of China guided missile cruiser "approximately 75 nautical miles north of Kiska Island, Alaska."
But as The Guard notes, it was not alone.
Accompanying the Chinese missile cruiser were "two more Chinese naval vessels and four Russian naval vessels, including a Russian Federation Navy destroyer, all in a single formation ... operating in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)."
The Coast Guard's Honolulu-based Kimball, a 418-foot vessel, which first observed the Chinese vessel, reported that later the ships broke formation and dispersed.
Speaking on the sighting, Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, the Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander, said that "while the formation has operated in accordance with international rules and norms, we will meet presence-with-presence to ensure there are no disruptions to U.S. interests in the maritime environment around Alaska."
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