The USS John S McCain was the last US Navy vessel to conduct a freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea. It collided with a cargo ship off Singapore days after the patrol, killing 10 sailors. Photo: APThe USS John S McCain was the last US Navy vessel to conduct a freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea. It collided with a cargo ship off Singapore days after the patrol, killing 10 sailors. Photo: AP
The USS John S McCain was the last US Navy vessel to conduct a freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea. It collided with a cargo ship off Singapore days after the patrol, killing 10 sailors. Photo: AP

US ‘planning more regular’ South China Sea patrols

Move could prompt China to step up military deployment in the disputed waters, analyst says

Topic |   South China Sea
The USS John S McCain was the last US Navy vessel to conduct a freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea. It collided with a cargo ship off Singapore days after the patrol, killing 10 sailors. Photo: APThe USS John S McCain was the last US Navy vessel to conduct a freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea. It collided with a cargo ship off Singapore days after the patrol, killing 10 sailors. Photo: AP
The USS John S McCain was the last US Navy vessel to conduct a freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea. It collided with a cargo ship off Singapore days after the patrol, killing 10 sailors. Photo: AP
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