US Navy Waits for Go Signal to Patrol SCS Artificial Islands

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released - http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2014/01/14/u-s-surface-navy-priorities-updated/

Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of US Pacific Fleet, says that it is up to Washington policymakers to give the go signal for the navy to patrol within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Swift tells the Associated Press that, the Pacific Fleet is “Ready” and that they “have the resources to support whatever those policy decisions are and whatever policymakers may ask us to do to demonstrate the U.S. resolve with respect to the operations that we conduct in the South China Sea.”

“We’re ready. We have the resources to support whatever those policy decisions are and whatever policymakers may ask us to do to demonstrate the U.S. resolve with respect to the operations that we conduct in the South China Sea.” — Swift

 

Admiral Scott Swift adds that the Pacific Fleet will “continue to operate in that space, just as if they hadn’t been built.”

“We [will] continue to operate in that space, just as if they hadn’t been built.”

U.S. Navy Adm. Scott H. Swift delivers remarks as he assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet from Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. during the change-of-command ceremonies for U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet in Honolulu May 27, 2015.

Sources:


  1. South China Sea Decision Up to Lawmakers, Admiral Says – http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2015/10/23/us-admiral-policymakers-to-decide-south-china-sea-patrols
  2. U.S. Pacific Fleet Waiting For Orders – http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/10/u-s-pacific-fleet-waiting-orders/

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