USS Lassen Keeps South China Sea Safe

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) continues to patrol the South China Sea since the end of May 2015 in support of security and stability in the region.

Since August 2013, Destroyer Squadron 15 DDGs have operated in the South China Sea. During these patrols, safe interactions with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy vessels at sea, courteous radio conversations and prudent ship-handling establishes U.S. Navy’s commitment to maritime security and informs Chinese counterparts the U.S. Navy intends to operate freely in international waters.

Lassen, Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan, and assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

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