The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on Feb. 4 (local time).
The Navy said in a statement that the transit was in accordance with international law.
“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” the statement added.
This is the second Taiwan Strait transit by USS John S. McCain in the past five weeks. On Dec. 30, the destroyer, along with her sister ship USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), carried out a routine transit through the strategic strait.
Like the previous transits by U.S. Navy vessels through the strait, this one will also likely anger China which considers Taiwan as a wayward province of “one China”.
John S. McCain is underway conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific, while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.