Pentagon defends Navy ship asserting navigational rights inside India’s EEZ

The Pentagon has defended its Navy asserting its navigational rights inside of India’s unique financial zone with out using New Delhi’s permission, calling the transfer “regular with worldwide law”.

In an unconventional transfer, the US Navy announced that on Wednesday it performed a flexibility of navigation operation in Indian waters with out prior consent to obstacle India’s “excessive maritime statements”, triggering a response from New Delhi, which on Friday claimed it has conveyed problems to Washington by way of diplomatic channels.

The Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) also contested the US Navy’s 7th Fleet assertion of April 7 that the flexibility of navigation operation (FONOP) by the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones “upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful takes advantage of” of the sea recognised in worldwide law by challenging India’s “excessive maritime statements”.

When asked about India’s response around the US Navy’s transfer, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby on Friday claimed: “I can notify you is that the USS John Paul Jones, a Navy destroyer, asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Republic of the Maldives by conducting harmless passage by way of its territorial sea in usual operations inside of its unique financial zone with out requesting prior permission”.

Earlier, asserting about the operation, the assertion by the 7th Fleet claimed, “On April 7, 2021 (nearby time) USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) asserted navigational rights and freedoms close to one hundred thirty nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, within India’s unique financial zone, with out requesting India’s prior consent, regular with worldwide law.”

Kirby in reaction to a problem from reporters at a Pentagon information conference claimed: “That is regular with worldwide law.”


“Once again, we continue on to sustain the appropriate, indeed the duty, to fly, sail, and operate in accordance with worldwide law,” he claimed.

Kirby claimed that it is the duty of the US to uphold the flexibility of navigation and the rights and flexibility and lawful takes advantage of of the sea recognised in worldwide law.

The MEA in its assertion claimed: “India’s stated place on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is that the Convention does not authorise other states to carry out in the Exceptional Financial Zone (EEZ) and on the continental shelf, navy workout routines or manoeuvres, in unique those people involving the use of weapons or explosives, with out the consent of the coastal state.

“The USS John Paul Jones was continually monitored transiting from the Persian Gulf towards the Malacca Straits. We have conveyed our problems concerning this passage by way of our EEZ to the authorities of the Usa by way of diplomatic channels,” the MEA included.

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