The USS Stethem, foreground, shown here Nov. 12, 2017, sailed through the Taiwan Strait with another destroyer, the USS William P. Lawrence, on April 28-29, 2019. CHANEL L. TURNER/U.S. NAVY
The USS Stethem, foreground, shown here Nov. 12, 2017, sailed through the Taiwan Strait with another destroyer, the USS William P. Lawrence, on April 28-29, 2019. CHANEL L. TURNER/U.S. NAVY

Navy sends a pair of guided-missile destroyers through Taiwan Strait

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

Two Navy destroyers cruised through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday and Monday, the latest in a series of transits that challenge China’s claims of sovereignty over the strategic waterway.

The USS Stethem and USS William P. Lawrence “conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on April 28-29 (local time), in accordance with international law,” 7th Fleet spokesman Lt. Joe Keiley said in an email Monday.

The transit shows the United States’ commitment to maintaining free and open navigation in the Indo-Pacific region, he said.

“The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” he added.

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