Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP)

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South China Sea

After the Freedom of Navigation Exercise: What Did the U.S. Signal?

On Friday, we published a “what to watch for” guide to the then-imminent U.S. freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea. Yesterday, the USS Lassen, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, transited within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef—one of China’s artificial islands in the Spratly Island group.


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