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Two U.S. Navy vessels transit through Taiwan Strait: Pentagon

2018/11/29 08:38:42

Image taken from the U.S. Navy website

Washington, Nov. 28 (CNA) Two United States Navy vessels conducted a routine transit through the Taiwan Strait Wednesday as part of the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, the U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed.

The two ships were the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and the replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-OA-197), Pentagon spokesman Christopher Logan said in an email response to CNA.

"The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows," Logan said.

It was the third reported case of such transits this year.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense, the two vessels sailed in a southwesterly direction after entering the Taiwan Strait from waters northeast of Taiwan early Monday morning.

They completed the passage late Monday night, the ministry said.

(By Rita Cheng, Matt Yu and Y.F. Low)