Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) A U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer transited by means of the Taiwan Strait in a routine operation on Wednesday, the second by a U.S. battleship since President Joe Biden assumed workplace in January.
“An American battleship sailed from north to south by means of the Taiwan Strait and continued shifting south,” the Ministry of Nationwide Protection (MND) stated in an announcement, with out naming the ship, though in response to a press launch from the U.S. seventh Fleet, it was the usCurtis Wilbur.
“The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) carried out a routine Taiwan Strait transit Feb. 24 (native time) in accordance with worldwide legislation,” the U.S. seventh Fleet assertion stated.
“The ship’s transit by means of the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. dedication to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The US army will proceed to fly, sail and function wherever worldwide legislation permits,” the press launch added.
Based on the U.S. seventh Fleet, the Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. seventh Fleet’s principal floor drive.
On Feb. 4, the usJohn S. McCain, additionally an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed by means of the Taiwan Strait, the primary of such operations since Biden took workplace on Jan. 20.
(By Emerson Lim and Matt Yu)