US destroyer sails close to Scarborough Shoal

An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy, USS Preble (DDG-88) has sailed within the 12-nautical mile waters of Bajo de Masinloc also known as Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal on May 19.

“Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” said United States Navy 7th Fleet spokesperson Commander Clay Doss, as quoted by Reuters.

Preble is currently deployed to the US 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.