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USS John S. McCain Conducts Routine South China Sea Patrol

By Ensign Meghan Meriano USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Public Affairs

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Forward-deployed, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducted routine operations while transiting through the South China Sea, Oct. 30.

The crew of John S. McCain used this patrol to maintain themselves as a ready maritime force in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility by improving inter-ship communications and maneuvering skills.

The patrol has been an opportunity for junior Sailors to refine maritime skills through professional encounters at sea, whether by bridge-to-bridge conversations or whistle signals sounded in accordance with the Maritime Rules of the Road.

"Our communications between foreign navies during this patrol have been nothing but professional," said Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, commanding officer of John S. McCain. "I always look forward to professional dialogue between mariners at sea, and what these interactions can teach junior officers and Sailors about operating skillfully underway. Good communication with other vessels operating nearby is key to conducting everyday operations."

Initially on patrol with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, John S. McCain's mission transitioned from supporting international exercises to independent, routine patrols.

John S. McCain is one of eight guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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