TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Two United States warships transited through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday (April 28), making it the fourth such voyage this year.
USS Stethem was spotted on MarineTraffic, a global ship-tracking application, sailing through the Taiwan Strait from south to north. According to Reuters, it was one of two U.S. Navy warships dispatched by the Pentagon to exercise freedom of navigation.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed it was aware of the voyage. It also reassured citizens that it was part of the U.S. Navy’s execution of its Indo-Pacific strategy, reported United Daily News and Central News Agency.
Another warship was later identified as USS William P. Lawrence. Both destroyers are Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.
USS Curtis Wilbur, another Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, and USCGC Bertholf, a maritime security cutter under the U.S. Coast Guard, navigated across the strait on March 24.