The USCGC James, one of the US Navy's most technologically advanced ships, was sailing towards Venezuela's territorial waters when a patrol boat was sent to warn it off. The US vessel backed off after radio communication. The Venezuelan Navy released a statement on Friday, saying the incident took place on Thursday and involved a US Coast Guard vessel heading towards the Latin American country's main port of La Guaira. The USCGC James was 14 nautical miles (16 miles) off Venezuela's coast when Caracas sent a patrol vessel to intercept it. In the course of subsequent radio communications, the USCGC James agreed to turn away. "The USCGC James was encouraged to change its course and leave our jurisdictional waters. The instruction was obeyed," the Venezuelan Navy said in a statement.
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