USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transits the Philippine Sea, on March 24, 2020. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with additional details of Bunker Hill’s freedom of navigation operation.
Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) conducted a freedom of navigation operation through the Spratly Island chain in the South China Sea, U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Wednesday. Read More
Seaman Xi Chan stands lookout on the flight deck as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transits the Taiwan Strait during routine underway operations on April 23, 2020. US Navy Photo
Chinese authorities said they sortied ships and aircraft to “track, monitor, verify, identify and expel” a U.S. warship from the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea on Tuesday, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials said on Chinese social media. Read More
TAIWAN STRAIT (April 23, 2020) Ltjg. Hannah Lee plots using a maneuvering board during routine underway operations aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52). Navy photo
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transited the Taiwan Strait Friday for the second time this month, as China is growing its naval fleet and conducting its own operations in the region.
U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Logan Brown, from Joplin, Montana, scans the horizon from the bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) while underway conducting operations in the Taiwan Strait. Navy photo
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) transited the Taiwan Strait earlier this week, eliciting a terse response from Chinese military officials.
A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, flies above the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Feb. 27, 2020. Navy photo
This post has been updated to clarify Vietnam’s foreign navy policy. One ship per foreign navy is allowed to visit annually.
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is expected to pull into Da Nang, Vietnam, for a port visit this week, U.S Indo-Pacific commander Adm. Phil Davidson confirmed on Tuesday. Read More
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) operates in the South China Sea. Navy photo
Over the weekend, Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) conducted a freedom of navigation operation through waters near the Spratly Islands claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, the Navy said.
Members of a Chinese military honor guard march during a welcome ceremony. DoD photo
A new Chinese defense ministry policy paper counters the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy by casting the U.S. as an aggressive and destabilizing force in Asia. Read More
USS Antietam (CG-54) underway on March 6, 2016. US Navy Photo
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) transited the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, a day after Chinese defense officials released a white paper vowing to defeat any attempts to sever Taiwan from the mainland. Read More
The Canadian navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Regina (FFH334) U.S. Navy photo.
A Canadian Navy frigate and supply ship were buzzed by two Chinese fighters earlier this week as the warships transited the Taiwan Strait, days after U.S. Navy surveillance plane tracked a Chinese aircraft carrier in the same waters.