The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Guard and the US Coast Guard (USCG) have started conducting joint patrols in the Bering Sea in a bid to combat illegal fishing in the controlled North Pacific area.
"As part of the 2019 joint plan of action of [Russia's] border force and the 17th US Coast Guard, patrol ships of the two countries have carried out joint patrolling along the maritime demarcation between the two countries," the press service of the Eastern Arctic Region FSB announced on 11 June.
As part of the first patrol, Russian Sorum-class patrol ship Sakhalin and USCG cutter Alex Haley worked together on radio communications and signalling, deck helicopter operations, and joint manoeuvres at sea, the statement added.
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