US Navy USS Kidd and US Coast Guard USCGC Munro Send Ships Through Taiwan Strait
US Navy USS Kidd and US Coast Guard USCGC Munro Send Ships Through Taiwan Strait

US Navy USS Kidd and US Coast Guard USCGC Munro Make Eighth US Taiwan Strait Transit in 2021

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) and legend-class U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) conducted routine Taiwan Strait transits Aug. 27 (local time) through international waters in accordance with international law. The ships’ lawful transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.

 Sailors stand watch in the pilot house aboard Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) while conducting routine operations, Aug. 27.
Sailors stand watch in the pilot house aboard Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) while conducting routine operations, Aug. 27. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaylianna Genier)

The passage follows a series of assault drills conducted last week by China in waters to the southeast and southwest of Taiwan. The Communist Party of China considers Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), a renegade province that must ultimately be unified politically with the mainland. Beijing held the drills in response to what it described as “provocations” by the United States and Taiwan. Earlier this month, coast guard officers from the U.S. and Taiwan met to discuss increasing cooperation.

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Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) transits the Taiwan Strait during a routine transit, Aug. 27.
Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) transits the Taiwan Strait during a routine transit, Aug. 27. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaylianna Genier)

USS Kidd (DD-661), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died on the bridge of his flagship USS Arizona during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Admiral Kidd was the first US flag officer to die during World War II, and the first American admiral ever to be killed in action. A National Historic Landmark, she is now a museum ship, berthed on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is the only surviving US destroyer still in her World War II configuration.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL 755) is moored pierside during a visit to Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan (CFAS) Aug. 20, 2021.
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL 755) is moored pierside during a visit to Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan (CFAS) Aug. 20, 2021.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Graham)

USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) is the sixth Legend-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard. Munro is the second cutter named for Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro (1919–1942), the only Coast Guardsman to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The US Navy destroyer escort USS Douglas A. Munro (DE-422) was also named for Munro. Construction officially began on October 7, 2013 with a ceremony marking the cutting of the first 100 tons of steel. Munro was launched on September 12, 2015.

US Navy USS Kidd and US Coast Guard USCGC Munro Send Ships Through Taiwan Strait
Legend-class U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) transits the Taiwan Strait during a routine transit with Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), Aug. 27. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaylianna Genier)
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