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U.S. Navy Statement on INCSEA

June 8, 2016 at 6:56 PM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

MOSCOW - Delegations representing the U.S. and Russian Navies held annual Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA) discussions June 8, 2016 in Moscow, Russia.

These important annual reviews are a professional discussion of the agreement in place to prevent incidents at sea between U.S. and Russian ships and aircraft.

Recent Russian air-to-air intercepts of U.S. aircraft and interactions with ships in international airspace and waters are the types of interactions that are discussed.

Established in 1972, the bilateral INCSEA agreement between the U.S. and the Soviet Union codified the mutual interest of both sides in promoting safety of navigation and safety of flight when operating on and over international waters and specified an annual meeting to review compliance with the articles of the agreement.

The last meeting occurred June 10, 2015, hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Europe at Naval Support Activity Capodichino Naples, Italy.

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