U.S. conducts freedom of navigation operation in South China Sea

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Posted: May 10, 2016 1:29 AM

(Reuters) - A U.S. navy warship carried out a freedom of navigation operation near a disputed reef in the South China Seas on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

The operation, near Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef, was to "challenge excessive maritime claims of some claimants in the South China Sea", the department said.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)