Move comes every week after a US Coast Guard vessel was blocked from refuelling within the Solomons capital of Honiara.
The Solomon Islands has informed the United States it’s suspending all navy ships from coming into its ports.
In a press release on Tuesday, the US embassy within the Australian capital, Canberra, mentioned it has “received formal notification from the Government of Solomon Islands regarding a moratorium on all naval visits, pending updates in protocol procedures”.
There was no rapid remark from the federal government of the Solomons.
The transfer got here every week after a US Coast Guard vessel was blocked from refuelling in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.
The USCGC Oliver Henry was on patrol for unlawful fishing within the South Pacific for a regional fisheries company when it didn’t get hold of entry to refuel at Honiara, the US Coast Guard mentioned. The vessel was as a substitute diverted to Papua New Guinea.
The British Royal Navy didn’t remark instantly on studies that the HMS Spey, additionally collaborating in Operation Island Chief, was additionally denied a port name within the Solomon Islands.
“Ships’ programs are under constant review, and it is routine practice for them to change,” the Royal Navy mentioned in a press release. “For reasons of operational security we do not discuss details. The Royal Navy looks forward to visiting the Solomon Islands at a later date.”
During Operation Island Chief, the US, Australia, Britain and New Zealand supplied assist by aerial and floor surveillance for Pacific island nations taking part within the operation, together with the Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands has had a tense relationship with Washington and its allies since placing a safety pact with China in May.
Both the Solomon Islands and China have denied their pact will result in a Chinese navy foothold within the South Pacific, though a leaked draft of the settlement confirmed the safety settlement would enable the Chinese navy to dock and replenish.