Canadian warship passes through the East Sea 2Canadian warship passes through the East Sea 2

Canada’s Ministry of National Defense said on March 31 that the frigate HMCS Calgary passed through the waters near Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago on March 29-30, when making a voyage from Brunei through the East Sea.

Canadian Defense Ministry spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said the route through the South China Sea is `most suitable` for the Calgary frigate.

The Canadian corvette HMCS Calgary participated in the RIMPAC 2016 exercise in Hawaii, USA, August 2016.

The trip of the frigate Calgary took place in the context of China sending a fleet of more than 200 ships to illegally anchor near Sinh Ton Dong Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago, since March 7.

The international community is increasingly concerned about the presence that the Philippines describes as `threatening` of the Chinese fleet.

At a press conference on March 25, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang affirmed that the activities of Chinese ships within the territorial waters of Sinh Ton Dong in the Truong Sa archipelago of Vietnam have violated Vietnam’s sovereignty.

`Vietnam requests that China stop violating, respect Vietnam’s sovereignty, willingly implement the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, strictly comply with the DOC, especially the obligation to restrain and not cause trouble.`

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Vietnam’s maritime law enforcement forces are fulfilling their obligations stipulated in Vietnamese laws and international law.

Canadian warship passes through the East Sea

East Sea area.

The voyage of the battleship Calgary could increase tensions between Canada and China, which worsened after Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested at Vancouver airport in December 2018.

This is not the first time Canada has sent warships to operate in the East Sea, but this country’s officials often deny that such trips are intended to send any message.

Canada last year sent the corvette HMCS Ottawa through the Taiwan Strait to `demonstrate support for its closest partners and allies, regional security and the rules-based international order`.

Canadian defense officials were asked to keep quiet about the trip of the escort ship Ottawa in September 2019, after three Chinese fighters approached two other Canadian warships transiting the Taiwan Strait.

The Calgary and Ottawa frigates belong to the Halifax class with a displacement of 4,770 tons, a length of 134 m and can reach a maximum speed of 54 km/h.

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