In March 2019, the USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750) and the USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) sailed through the Taiwan Strait. While the strait separating China and Taiwan is international waters, China is very sensitive about the presence of U.S. military forces in the strait, as well as in the disputed South China Sea region. The transit by the Bertholf and Curtis Wilbur demonstrated the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
The importance of this freedom of navigation operation underscores the courage of our military professions. It also highlights the importance of critical federal agencies. One of those agencies is the U.S. Coast Guard.