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Another US Navy destroyer challenged China in the South China Sea by sailing past contested islands without asking permission
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US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell in the Pacific Ocean. US Navy

  • The US Navy sent a destroyer to challenge "unlawful" restrictions by China and others in the South China Sea.
  • The destroyer USS Russell sailed through the contested Spratly Islands without asking permission.
  • This is the second such operation in less than two weeks, suggesting these operations will continue being routine under the current administration.

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Russell sailed through the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Wednesday, challenging China's demands that foreign military vessels ask for permission before sailing through the area, the Navy said.

The Spratly Islands are contested territories in the South China Sea. China, which claims almost all of the 1.3 million-square-mile waterway, has built up its military presence in this area, constructing fortified outposts on artificial reefs.

The Spratlys are also claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines, some of which put restrictions on the operations of foreign military vessels, as China does.

The US Navy characterizes "unlawful and sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea" as a "serious threat to freedom of the sea."

The latest freedom-of-navigation operation "upheld the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging unlawful restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan," the Navy's 7th Fleet said in a statement.

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"China, Vietnam, and Taiwan require either permission or advance notification before a foreign military vessel engages in 'innocent passage' through the territorial sea," the Navy said. "By engaging in innocent passage without giving prior notification to or asking permission from any of the claimants, the United States challenged these unlawful restrictions."

The operation on Wednesday followed a similar one conducted less than two weeks ago by the destroyer USS John McCain. The warship carried out a freedom-of-navigation operation in the Paracel Islands, contested territory where China also has a growing military presence.

The Chinese Defense Ministry expressed frustration with the operation and said naval and air assets were deployed to drive away the US destroyer. China considers such operations to be violations of sovereignty.

As it has before, the Navy said in its latest statement that "the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows." Freedom-of-navigation operations have become fairly routine for the service despite pushback from China.

In addition to the freedom-of-navigation operations, the US Navy sent a warship through the Taiwan Strait and had two carrier strike groups operating together in the South China Sea in recent weeks, sparking complaints from Beijing...

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Sort of off topic...anybody catch the US series The Last Ship?  Always wondered if a destroyer can do all the stuff they showed or how much was TV fiction.  Looked like you could conquer the world with 5 of them.  I guess in the world the series portrayed they could.

If real, of course all those countries would be freaked out I suppose if one passed close by.

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30 minutes ago, cvgtpc1 said:

Sort of off topic...anybody catch the US series The Last Ship?  Always wondered if a destroyer can do all the stuff they showed or how much was TV fiction.  Looked like you could conquer the world with 5 of them.  I guess in the world the series portrayed they could.

If real, of course all those countries would be freaked out I suppose if one passed close by.

Offensive capabilities / development of threats go hand in hand - better mousetrap = better mouse.

This is "saber rattling brinkmanship" on a world scale.

 

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