Remember, Obama’s presidential plane took great steps to fly around the region instead of flying through it as he should have done…
Navy Destroyer Tests China’s Claim to Disputed S. China Sea Islands
Warship passage near Paracels latest freedom of navigation operation
Being a former member of a DDG crew (USS Dewey-45) in the 70’s/80’s, I just wish I could have been there myself. The Chi-Coms have to be confronted each step of the way. Thanks to Pres.Donald Trump, the US is finally doing just that.
A Navy destroyer sailed close to disputed South China Sea islands in a direct challenge to Chinese maritime claims over the strategic waterway.
U.S. and allied warships and aircraft have stepped up naval and air patrols to challenge China’s claims to control about 90 percent of the South China Sea. The USS Wayne E. Meyer, a guided-missile destroyer, conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea on Friday.
“This freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea,” Cmdr. Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.
Mommsen did not disclose details of the location, or whether Chinese warships shadowed the Meyer and tried to order it out of the area, a practice followed during past encounters.
The Meyer conducted a similar passage in late August near Fiery Cross Reef and Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, located in the southern part of the sea.
China’s military denounced the warship operation as “navigational hegemony.”