The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Feb. 26 (local time) through international waters in accordance with international law.
The ship transited through a corridor in the Strait that is beyond the territorial sea of any coastal State. The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.
Image credit: From Wikipedia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr. Philippine Sea (June 23, 2020) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) steam in formation during dual carrier operations with the Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Groups (CSG).