Destroyer USS Sampson Transits Taiwan Strait

April 26, 2022 11:37 AM
Sailors handle line during a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) on April 12, 2022 in the East China Sea. US Navy Photo

USS Sampson (DDG-102) transited the Taiwan Strain on Tuesday, the Navy announced.

Sampson‘s transit through the strait was a routine operation and was done in accordance with international laws, according to a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.

“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to the statement. “The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.”

Last week, sailors aboard Sampson participated in a Visit Board Search and Seizure drill as part of the ship’s operations in 7th Fleet, according to the sea service.

Sampson is part of Destroyer Squadron 21, currently embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the Philippine Sea, according to USNI News’ Fleet Tracker.

The CSG, with Sampson, departed for its scheduled deployment on Jan. 3.

An American warship last transited the Taiwan Strait two months ago, a move which the Chinese called provocative, USNI News previously reported.

USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) transited the strait on Feb. 28, which China saw as U.S. assurance to Taiwan since the operation was done during the early days of the Russian invasion into Ukraine.

U.S. 7th Fleet said the transit was a routine operation.

China has not made similar comments about Sampson‘s transit.

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.
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