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7th Fleet Destroyer Transits Taiwan Strait

08 May 2024

From Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on May 8 through waters where high-seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law.

The ship transited through a corridor in the Strait that is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal State. Halsey's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States' commitment to upholding freedom of navigation for all nations as a principle. No member of the international community should be intimidated or coerced into giving up their rights and freedoms. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows. 

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