The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) has transited the strategic Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan and China, on May 13.
This marks the second time the destroyer is transiting the Strait in the past two months. On March 25, the destroyer conducted a similar transit. Another U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Barry (DDG-52) transited the Taiwan Strait twice last month.
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Like the previous transits, this one will also likely anger China which considers Taiwan as a wayward province of “one China”.
In March, USS McCampbell also sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea angering China. Paracel Islands, also known as Hoàng Sa in Vietnamese and Xisha in Chinese, is a disputed group of islands in the South China Sea currently controlled and occupied by China. The islands are also claimed by Vietnam (occupied before 1974) and Taiwan.
USS McCampbell is currently underway conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific region while assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.