People's Liberation Army Navy

China Claims It ‘Expelled’ U.S. Warship Sailing Near Disputed Islands

The U.S. Navy announced on Tuesday that the USS Montgomery, an advanced littoral combat ship, sailed near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Saturday to “assert navigational rights and freedoms consistent with international law.” It was the first Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) of 2020. 

This photo taken on June 29, 2019, shows USS Montgomery (LCS 8), an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy, in Davao City on the southern island of Mindanao for a port visit. (Photo by Manman Dejeto / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP via Getty Images)