The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur patrols in the Philippine Sea in this August 15, 2013 file photo. The destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other states in the South China Sea on January 30, 2016 to counter efforts to limit freedom of navigation, the Pentagon said.  REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Declan Barnes/Handout via Reuters/Files  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

US destroyer sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea

“This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants – China, Taiwan and Vietnam – to restrict navigation rights and freedoms,” Captain Davis said, reflecting the American position that the crucial sea lane should be treated as international waters.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I hope the Chinese do not board the vessel and detain the entire crew for a few days until trade negotiations go their way.
    That might result in a sternly worded letter from Obama (PBUH).

  • Dana Garcia

    BHO hopes for a military humiliation from Red China for a change.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s a toss up whether China or Iran will be the first to sink a USN destroyer this year. The only question to bet on is whether Obama’s stumbling apology to either country will be 3 days in coming or 4.