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USS Chung-Hoon makes first transit of Taiwan Strait of 2023

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U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on Thursday 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.

“Chung-Hoon’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,” – U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Public Affairs

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said the ship sailed in a northerly direction through the strait, that its forces had monitored its passage and observed nothing out of the ordinary.

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) is a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer,  launched on 11th January 2003 and commissioned on 18th September 2004.

The warship was named in honour of Gordon Paiʻea Chung-Hoon  an admiral in the United States Navy, who served during World War II and was the first Asian American flag officer. Hawaiian born, and of English-Chinese descent, he received the Navy Cross and Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as commanding officer of USS Sigsbee from May 1944 to October 1945

Image: By Official U.S. Navy Page from United States of AmericaMC2 Sean Furey/U.S. Navy – 131001-N-WX059-022, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31969841

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