Necessity, Reality: Maintaining Freedom and Peace at Sea
Erickson, Andrew S.
Date of Issue2015
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
The morning of 27 October witnessed the latest of what is likely to be multiple future Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) by the United States in the South China Sea. The destroyer USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of seven Spratly features which China has turned into artificial islands. The event underscores US commitment to maintaining an open global system with global commons that are free for all to use.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
RSIS Commentaries, 235-15
Nanyang Technological University