Guided-missile destroyer completes Navy’s fifth Taiwan Strait transit this year
A guided-missile destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, the fifth time a Navy ship has passed this year through the politically sensitive waters that separate the island from the Chinese mainland.
The USS Curtis Wilbur’s passage “demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the Navy said in a statement Tuesday.
“The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows,” the statement added.
The Navy sent warships through the Taiwan Strait 11 times in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to a January report by the Congressional Research Service.
The high tempo of Navy transits through the strait coincides with the Communist Party of…