United States Destroyer Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation near Scarborough Shoal

In the month of May, the US has conducted a second operation ‘Freedom of Navigation’ in the South China Ses read more....

United States Destroyer Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation near Scarborough Shoal
US warship sailed through south china sea reef claims china

On Sunday, the United States Navy Battleship conducted a freedom of navigation operation near a feature called the South China Sea which is claimed by China, the Philippines, and Taiwan. USS McCampbell, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of island chain Scarborough Shoal. This move may affect the trade union between both countries.

The freedom of navigation is the second operation by the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea in the month of May, according to the reports.

It was also found that in the month of May, USS Preble and USS Chung Hoon, another Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands.

US Navy 7th Fleet spokesman Lt. Joe Kelley admitted “Sunday’s transit was designed to “challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law”.

Even it was mentioned that the freedom of navigation program is not just to target China but it is designed in accordance with international law. It follows the principle that the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows. It is not aimed at making any political remarks as added by Kelley.

The U.S. Department of Defence in the month of May has also released a public assessment of Chinese military power. The reports show that Beijing’s artificial islands in the Spratly Islands were involved in militarization since 2018.

On the other hand post this action, Ministry spokesman Lu Kang has told to media that the US operation in the region has violated the law of China and also asked the US to stop such activities.