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US Coast Guard tracking Russian ‘intelligence gathering ship’ off Hawaii coast

The U.S. Coast Guard has been tracking a Russian vessel “believed to be an intelligence gathering ship” off the coast of Hawaii in recent weeks, officials said Wednesday. 

The ship and other foreign-flagged military vessels have been “operating and loitering” in Coast Guard District Fourteen’s area of response. 

“As part of our daily operations, we track all vessels in the Pacific area through surface and air assets and joint agency capabilities,” Commander Dave Milne, chief of External Affairs, said in a statement. 

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The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday about how long the Russian ship has been near Hawaii. Video released on Tuesday showed the ship in waters off the Hawaiian coast on Jan. 11. 

Last September, the Honolulu-based Kimball encountered four Russian naval vessels and three Chinese ships during a routine patrol in the Bering Sea near Alaska. 

Russian planes have also been tracked off the coasts of Alaska and Canada in recent months. 

Two Russian maritime patrol aircraft were detected in the Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) on Sept. 11. 

The month before that, Russian surveillance aircraft were detected twice in the North American ADIZ in a two-day period. 

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