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U.S. Navy’s operation in the South China Sea marked a shift in American maritime power in the region, sources say

he USS Decatur executed a freedom-of-navigation operation near the Paracel Islands last week under the orders of the Third Fleet headquarters in San Diego, the first time such a mission happened without the Japanese-based Seventh Fleet running the show. Having the Third Fleet regularly command vessels in Asia, which it has not done since World War II, lets the U.S. Navy better manage simultaneous operations in the region, a source said.
10 months ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is an editorial consultant with SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.
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