The USS Gabrielle Giffords was deployed in this month’s operation. Photo: AP

China warns US not to provoke a ‘mishap’ in South China Sea after latest freedom of navigation operation

  • Use of littoral combat ship boosts US Navy’s capacity to continue such operations, and may offer a greater attack capability
  • US says it is upholding lawful uses of the sea by all nations, countering China’s military build-up in disputed waters
Topic |   South China Sea

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The USS Gabrielle Giffords was deployed in this month’s operation. Photo: AP
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The USS Montgomery recently took part in a joint mission in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

US Navy sends littoral combat ships to ‘bolster attack strength in South China Sea’

  • Two Independence-class vessels – the USS Gabrielle Giffords and USS Montgomery – have been operating in the disputed waters
  • US Defence Secretary Mark Esper says operations have been stepped up to send a signal that China should ‘abide by international rules’
Topic |   South China Sea

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The USS Montgomery recently took part in a joint mission in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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