Coast Guard Watching Russian Spy Ship Near Hawaii

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24:  A Coast Guard ship makes its way past the Statue of Liberty on the opening day of Fleet Week on May 24, 2017 in New York City.  Now in its 29th year, Fleet Week brings more than 3,700 U.S. and Canadian service members to Manhattan through Memorial Day. The event includes ship tours, military demonstrations, musical performances and other events.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A suspected Russian spy ship traveling near Hawaii has been tracked for the past several weeks, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a recent press release.
  • “In recent weeks, the U.S. Coast Guard has continued to monitor a Russian vessel, believed to be an intelligence gathering ship, off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands,” the announcement read.
  • “While foreign military vessels may transit freely through the U.S. economic exclusive zone (EEZ), as per customary international laws, foreign-flagged military vessels have often been observed operating and loitering within Coast Guard District Fourteen’s area of response.”

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