U.S. Navy sends ship near disputed island in South China Sea

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  • The USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Triton Island
  • The island is claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam

(CNN)The U.S. Navy sent a ship near a contested island in the South China Sea on Saturday to challenge "excessive maritime claims that restrict the rights and freedoms of the United States and others," a U.S. Defense Department spokesman told CNN.

"This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants, China, Taiwan and Vietnam, to restrict navigation rights and freedoms around