USS Russell Conducts FONOP in Spratly Islands

February 17, 2021 – Today, USS Russell (DDG 59) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging unlawful restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan. Unlawful and sweeping maritime claims…

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