U.S. warship sails near disputed island in South China Sea

January 30, 2016 3:46 PM

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U.S. warship sails near disputed island in South China Sea

BANGKOK - A U.S. warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea on Saturday to exercise the U.S.'s freedom to navigate in international waters, a defense official said.

The USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, in the Paracels chain, without notifying the three claimants to the surrounding seas beforehand, according to Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright in Washington.

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