US Navy destroyer USS McCampbell and Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll, conducted a series of exercises from Friday to Wednesday “to address common security priorities” in the South China Sea, the US Navy said in a press release.
The US frequently holds freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea to emphasise the freedom vessels have to travel in the region, but the UK has only recently started to take part in these exercises.
Last year, 22,000 ton HMS Albion, sailed close to the Paracel island chain claimed by China in the South China Sea in August.
It is understood that China dispatched the frigate and two helicopters to challenge HMS Albion as it sailed through the disputed sea. Local media report that both sides remained calm during the encounter and the Royal Navy assault ship continued on course despite protests from China.