Four years ago, the People's Republic of China (PRC) fired ten missiles near Taiwan in an attempt to intimidate the people and leadership of Taiwan prior to its first presidential election. In response, the U.S. Navy ordered two carriers (the Independence [CV 62] and Nimitz [CVN-68]), two cruisers, four destroyers, two frigates, three submarines, and a handful of other support ships to waters near Taiwan. The United States' show of force enhanced U.S. ability to monitor major exercises by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), displayed U.S. intent to deter aggression, underscored the United States' deep and abiding interest in maintaining regional security, and reassured U.S. allies that we intended to remain engaged in the Asia-Pacific theater.
Thorns in the Dragon's Side
By Lieutenant Commander Michael W. Studeman, USN