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U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyer, Oiler Transit Taiwan Strait

Navy file photo of USS Stockdale (DDG-106) and USNS Pecos (T-AO-197)

An Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and a Henry Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler sailed through the Taiwan Strait Wednesday, in what the Navy called a routine transit.

“USS Stockdale (DDG-106) and USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait Transit on Nov. 28 (local time), in accordance with international law,” Lt. j.g. Rachel McMarr, a U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesperson, told USNI News in an email. “The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”

China routinely complains about U.S. military transits. Beijing says sailing through the region infringes on China’s sovereignty. Along with the roughly 110-mile-wide Taiwan Strait, China also claims several reefs and artificial islands in the South China Sea as part of its sovereign territory, claims not always supported by international law.

On Oct. 22, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) transited the Taiwan Strait with no incidents, according to Pentagon officials.

However, shortly after the October passage, Chinese officials hinted they would defend their territory and expected future U.S. Navy transits of the Taiwan Strait.

“We have noticed related reports. China’s position on Taiwan and the South China Sea remains unchanged. The Chinese military’s determination to safeguard national sovereignty and regional peace and stability is rock-solid,” Senior Col. Wu Qian, the director general of the Information Office of China’s Ministry of National Defense, said a month ago according to a state-issued English translation of his monthly press briefing.

Following Wednesday’s transit, Navy officials did not report any significant interactions with Chinese Navy ships. The Oct. 22 transit also occurred without incident.

At the end of September, though, a Luyang-class destroyer steamed on a near-collision-course with USS Decatur (DDG-73) as both ships traveled near the Gaven Reef. In this case, Decatur was finishing a Freedom of Navigation Operation in the area past some high-tide elevations.

  • Marcd30319

    Just a gentle reminder about freedom of navigation on the high seas.

  • Kypros

    Who was the Chicom troll a couple of months ago, who suggested that if the USN tried a FON through the strait, that the Chinese Navy could block it with fishing boats and nets. LOL!

    • NavySubNuke

      Hugo did I believe. He is my favorite of the Wumao’s. Though I think he was recently purged and replaced with a new puppet — his/her comments aren’t nearly as entertaining anymore. I just hope old Hugo’s death was quick and painless.

      • Kypros

        Too bad. That dude was hilarious! Probably in some gulag right now for failing to convert anyone.

      • Marcd30319

        LMAO — I will probably get pinged for this but it is so funny!

      • RDF

        They bill for the final ’round’.

  • Ismailkadare

    These days tankers are a serious threat to war

  • muzzleloader

    I want to see the entire Ronald Reagan battle group do this.

    • NavySubNuke

      That would be awesome but I think it is more impressive when we openly send ships that have no real ability to defend themselves like oilers or eventually LCS (assuming one ever deploys again).

  • John Stauffer

    It makes me feel old but back in the 60’s and 70’s I remember we conducted “Taiwan Patrols” on a regular basis – one of the older DER’s was cruising the Strait about all the time. Now it has become a newsworthy issue just to transit the same area.

  • Bulldogdriver

    From Pacific fleet’s and Norwegian experiences, I supposed the oiler was there to ‘accidentally’ ram any chinese destroyers that decide to cut in front of it. It seems that oilers make excellent battering rams!

  • NavySubNuke

    See what I mean? Old Hugo was way funnier then you. Hopefully you don’t last long in this role.

    • Marcd30319

      Accept no substitutes! Demand the original Hugo … if he is still breathing, of course!

  • NavySubNuke

    LOL. Well you are right — having the Chinese Navy able to steam up and down their own coast is a pretty big accomplishment. There were not capable of it until what – 10 years ago or so?

  • NavySubNuke

    See – this is what I mean. Old Hugo would have had something much funnier to say here. You really are just a sad imitation. Maybe you will eventually be as funny and entertaining as old Hugo but I doubt you will last that long. Hopefully Old Hugo’s family had the money they needed to pay for his final bullet.

  • NavySubNuke

    Come on new Hugo, this is boring. Besides, didn’t anyone ever teach you that as soon as you think about the game you already lost the game?
    Look it up — just google “you lost the game”….. oh that’s right, you aren’t allowed to use google are you?