Maritime Claims Reference Manual

Department of Defense Directive 2005.1, The Maritime Claims Reference Manual, sets out in detail all states’ claims regarding their national maritime areas. The guide includes specific LAT/LONG reference info for each claim, and the US position in regard to states’ claims.

Department of Defense Directive 2005.1, The Maritime Claims Reference Manual, sets out in detail all states’ claims regarding their national maritime areas. The guide includes specific LAT/LONG reference info for each claim, and the US position in regard to states’ claims.

Excerpt from the Forward to the Manual: “The maritime claims references in this Manual represent claims made by the coastal nations. Some of the claims are inconsistent with international law. The United States does not recognize those maritime claims that are not in conformity with customary international law, as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea Convention. Examples include excessive straight baseline claims, territorial sea claims in excess of 12 nautical miles (nm), and other claims that unlawfully impede freedom of navigation and overflight. This Manual notes many instances in which the United States has protested excessive claims and conducted operational assertions against such excessive claims under the Freedom of Navigation Program. Failure to categorize any maritime claim as excessive within this Manual does not indicate acceptance by the United States of excessive claims.”