Tag Archives: FONOPS

Beijing Irked at Twin U.S. South China Sea FONOPS

Beijing Irked at Twin U.S. South China Sea FONOPS

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) sails through the South China Sea on Nov. 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

A pair of U.S. Navy freedom of navigation operations on two consecutive days in the South China Sea this week has irked Chinese officials at a time they are seeking to ease trade tensions with the U.S. Read More

U.S. Air Force Chief Stresses Importance Of Freedom of Navigation Operations During Pacific Tour

U.S. Air Force Chief Stresses Importance Of Freedom of Navigation Operations During Pacific Tour

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein speaks to Airmen during an all call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 14, 2019. US Air Force Photo

MANILA — The U.S. Air Force and the Navy will continue a combination of air and sea patrols in the Indo-Pacific region in an effort to keep the waters and skies open to overflight and international navigation, the head of the U.S. Air Force said in the Philippines, his first stopover during a visit to the air forces in the region. Read More

Future South China Sea FONOPS Will Include Allies, Partners

Future South China Sea FONOPS Will Include Allies, Partners

Adm. Phil Davidson, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, meets with Japan’s Minister of Defense, Takeshi Iwaya, Indo-Pacific Command headquarters. Navy photo.

CAPITOL HILL — The U.S. will continue the recent pace of freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea and will include allies and partners in future missions, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Read More

Two U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Conduct FONOP Past Mischief Reef in South China Sea

Two U.S. Guided-Missile Destroyers Conduct FONOP Past Mischief Reef in South China Sea

Sailors remove chalks and chains from a MH-60R Seahawk, assigned to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, Detachment ONE, during flight quarters aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88). Navy photo

This post has been updated to include a statement from US 7th fleet

THE PENTAGON – Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers conducted a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) past South China Sea land masses claimed by China but not recognized as islands by international law.

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USS McCampbell FONOP Past Paracel Islands Irks China

USS McCampbell FONOP Past Paracel Islands Irks China

USS McCampbell (DDG 85) departs U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka and transits into Tokyo Bay, May 14, 2018. Navy photo.

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85) steamed past the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on Monday in a freedom of navigation operation that drew the ire of Chinese government officials.

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China Expects U.S. Navy To Transit Taiwan Strait Again Soon

China Expects U.S. Navy To Transit Taiwan Strait Again Soon

Satellite image of the Taiwan Strait, separated mainland China on the left, from the island of Taiwan on the right. NASA photo

China expects the U.S. Navy to send warships through the Taiwan Strait in November, an action Chinese officials say infringes on their national sovereignty but American military leaders say is in keeping with international law.

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