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US destroyer USS John Finn conducts routine Taiwan Strait transit

12 Mar 2021 (Last Updated March 12th, 2021 16:37)

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) has performed a transit through the Taiwan Strait.

US destroyer USS John Finn conducts routine Taiwan Strait transit
An MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Magicians” of HSM 35, prepares to land on the flight deck of the USS John Finn. Credit: MC3 Jason Waite.

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) has performed a transit through the Taiwan Strait.

The routine Taiwan Strait transit was conducted on 10 March in agreement with international law.

It demonstrates the commitment of the US military towards a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’.

John Finn is part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. It is on a scheduled deployment to the US 7th Fleet, the country’s largest forward-deployed fleet area of operations.

The 7th Fleet routinely ‘operates and interacts’ with 35 maritime nations. It is engaged in conducting missions to ‘preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region’.

During the crossing, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35’s multi-mission naval helicopter MH-60R Sea Hawk joined John Finn.

According to the US Navy, the country’s military will continue ‘to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows’.

Last month, another Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) sailed the Taiwan Strait.

In December last year, the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) successfully conducted transit through the Taiwan Strait.

Meanwhile, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian confirmed a high-level strategic dialogue with the US in the next few days.

Lijian requested the US to ‘respect China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs’.