Sailors aboard the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) prepare to render honors to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) while transiting the South China Sea on March 5, 2019. Chief, part of Mine Countermeasure Squadron 7, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and to serve as a ready-response platform for contingency operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Crouch)


Listen to the Chinese Navy attempt to warn away American aircraft operating over the South China Sea below: