Destroyer makes first US warship transit through Taiwan Strait in 2023

Destroyer makes first US warship transit through Taiwan Strait in 2023
Destroyer makes first US warship transit through Taiwan Strait in 2023

he Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) sails through the Taiwan Strait. US Navy Photo

USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) made the first transit of the Taiwan Strait in 2023, the Navy announced Thursday.

Chung Hoon crossed the strait on Thursday, US Navy spokeswoman Lt. Kristina Wiedemann said in an email. Chinese state media did not acknowledge the passage, as of this publication.

The transit was carried out in accordance with international law and outside the territorial sea of ​​any country, Wiedemann said in the statement.

Chung HoonTransiting through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” she said in the statement. “The U.S. military flies, sails, and operates wherever international law permits.”

The Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer is part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and is deployed to the US 7th Fleet.

Chung Hoon is part of Destroyer Squadron 9 and is based at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

The transit follows an incident last month in which a Chinese navy fighter had a “dangerous and unprofessional” interaction with a US Air Force surveillance plane over the South China Sea. Last week, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force marched 42 aircraft across the center line of the strait into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) as part of a so-called “strike drill” according to Chinese state media.

Meanwhile, PLAN is ending a cruise of its Liaoning Carrier Strike Group after a patrol in the Philippine Sea, USNI News reported Monday.

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