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Russia holds naval drills as U.S. vessel moves to Black Sea

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U.S. Coast Guard in the Black Sea? They get lost?

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U.S. Coast Guard in the Black Sea? They get lost?

It's a way to have a US presence and show the flag while conducting surveillance without sending in something inflammatory like a gray hull that the Russians would feel compelled to react to. The Russians would be less willing to mess with lightly armed Coast Guard cutter, a service that is not part of the DoD but rather Dept. of Homeland Security. It is actually kind of a return to the kind of show the flag (while conducting useful surveillance of one's adversaries) missions the Coast Guard did a lot of before WWII. That was the reason the old Treasury Class cutters were built back in the 1930s (I took the old 1936 vintage Taney across the Atlantic a looong time ago, now she's on display in Baltimore). They needed something with the endurance to patrol off China, Japan and Japan's many islands in the Pacific.

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It's a way to have a US presence

It's this nosy attitude that will eventually get the world in trouble..

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Wait. American “conservatives” were just telling US how the US was cut off from the Black Sea by Russia.

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Hours earlier, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe said the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Hamilton, a cutter, was moving into the Black Sea to work with NATO allies and partners in the region.

The US is part of NATO, and there are NATO coast countries and their ships around the Black Sea

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It's this nosy attitude that will eventually get the world in trouble..

Pretty much.

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Are they looking for drunk boaters and counting flotation devices for everyone on every ship? Tell the local captains to hide their beers.

/s

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Russia holds naval drills as U.S. vessel moves to Black Sea

It is not the US role to play policeman in the Black Sea. Stop the warmongering.

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It is not the US role to play policeman in the Black Sea. Stop the warmongering.

Most maritime nations guard their rights to use international waters jealously. But it is, unfortunately, a case of use it or lose it. There are always nations looking for ways to encroach on international waters and assert control over them for their own national benefit. If other nations do not push back by deliberately sailing all international waters asserting their right to do so despite the claims of the nation trying to assert control, then you hand that nation effective control over what were formerly international waters. This is why the US send ships into the Black Sea every year. The Dardanelles and Black Sea are international waters, but will not remain so unless maritime nations are willing to sail there and routinely assert their right to do so. In the case of the US, NATO ally Romania has a shoreline along the Black Sea. The US has every right to exercise with Romanian forces to help defend its ally. Too bad if the Russians don't like it. NATO exists to defend against the Russians. Why do you consider that to be "war mongering"? The idea is to prevent a war by showing the Russians the cost of an attack is too great to consider.

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