Stars and Stripes stripes.com 28 Dec, 2020 08:00 am

Navy challenges Vietnamese claims to seas around resort island in South China Sea

Navy challenges Vietnamese claims to seas around resort island in South China Sea
The USS John S. McCain was sent to the Con Dao Islands, about 150 miles south of Ho Chi Minh City.

Navy challenges Vietnamese claims to seas around resort island in South China Sea Navigator Lt.McCain's course in the South China Sea on Dec.McCain conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea on Thursday, the second such mission in a week, according to the Navy’s 7th Fleet.22 had steamed through the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, another freedom-of-navigation operation.

The McCain also conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation in the Sea of Japan on Nov.“The ship conducted normal operations within Vietnam’s claimed territorial seas to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access and navigational freedoms consistent with international law,” the 7thFleet said in the statement.

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