NEWS | July 19, 2019

INCSEA 2019 Statement

By Office of the Navy Chief of Information

Delegations representing the U.S. and Russian Navies held the annual Prevention of Incidents On and Over the Waters Outside the Limits of the Territorial Sea (INCSEA) consultations July 18, 2019, in Washington D.C.

This annual event is a professional discussion reviewing the implementation of the agreement and reaffirming our enduring commitment to risk-reduction dialogue.

The consultations address air-to-air intercepts of each other’s aircraft in international airspace and interactions between our nations’ ships that occurred in international waters over the past year.

Established in 1972, the bilateral INCSEA agreement between the U.S. and the then 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 annual consultations to review compliance with the articles of the agreement.

The Russian Ministry of Defense hosted the last meeting in Moscow July 26, 2018.