It is the first time since 1987 when a USA warship conducted a freedom of navigation operation close to Russian territorial waters in the Peter the Great Bay, the navy official boasted.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Pacific Fleet says the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell sailed "in the vicinity of" Peter the Great Bay, a body of water off the Russian port city of Vladivostok, "to challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other nations".
The Kremlin claims ownership of the entire Peter the Great Bay region, named after the first emperor of Russian Federation.
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed through waters claimed by Russian Federation in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, challenging Moscow's ownership of the area for the first time since the end of the Cold War.
"We reserve the right to operate freely in accordance with global laws and norms", he also said.
"Currently, the crew of "USS Campbell" is "demonstrating" its valor from more than 400km away from Russia's territorial waters, in the central part of the Sea of Japan," the military sarcastically remarked. "That is true in the Sea of Japan, as in other places around the globe", her statement declared, The Hill reported.
The Navy official said the operation was not meant to single out Russian Federation, but is part of a comprehensive approach by the service to keep global sea lanes open.
While the US Navy conducts such freedom of navigation operations all over the world, they come under increased scrutiny when they are aimed at contesting claims made by Russian Federation and China.
The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell in a 2015 photo.
The McCampbell's operation comes at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington.
The US military has requested that the State Department notify Turkey of its possible plans to sail a warship into the Black Sea, three US officials tell CNN, a move they said is a response to Russia's actions against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
The move was likely to anger Russian Federation, which headquarters its Pacific Fleet in the eastern port city of Vladivostok, located in Peter the Great Bay, the largest gulf in the Sea of Japan.