US Navy destroyer patrols South China Sea waters

U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain patrolled South China Sea waters on October 30.

All communication with foreign navies during the maneuver were professional, the U.S. Navy said.

The patrol has been an opportunity for junior sailors to refine maritime skills through professional encounters at sea, whether by bridge-to-bridge conversations or whistle signals sounded in accordance with the Maritime Rules of the Road.

“Our communications between foreign navies during this patrol have been nothing but professional,” said Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, commanding officer of John S. McCain. “I always look forward to professional dialogue between mariners at sea, and what these interactions can teach junior officers and Sailors about operating skillfully underway. Good communication with other vessels operating nearby is key to conducting everyday operations.”

Initially on patrol with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, John S. McCain’s mission transitioned from supporting international exercises to independent, routine patrols.

John S. McCain is one of eight guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.