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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/06/2018 11:58 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/06/2018 12:04 PM
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Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Makes Vietnam Port Call

Washington, DC...The USS Carl Vinson arrived in Danang, Vietnam, yesterday, becoming the first aircraft carrier to dock in the country since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. The guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer are also making the port call. The Vietnamese port was also the site of the first arrival of U.S. combat troops, when Marines landed there in 1965.


Vietnam (March 5, 2018) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam for a scheduled port visit. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is in the Western Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Monroe/Released)



Positive U.S.-Vietnam Relationship

The three American ships with about 6,500 sailors and Marines aboard are conducting a port visit that demonstrates how far U.S.-Vietnamese relations have progressed. Vietnamese leaders agreed to the four-day port call during President Donald J. Trump’s visit to the country last year.

“This visit marks a significant milestone in our bilateral relations and demonstrates the U.S. support for a strong, prosperous and independent Vietnam,” Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning III told Pentagon reporters this morning. “The visit also builds on the positive momentum of the comprehensive partnership between the U.S. and Vietnam, and will not only serve to strengthen the bilateral defense relationship, but will also help enhance cultural and professional ties.”

The sailors and Marines will participate in cultural exchanges with their Vietnamese counterparts, and some personnel will visit a center for victims of Agent Orange -- a defoliant that American planes sprayed on the jungle to remove cover.

“Our nations’ relationship has reached new heights in the past few years, and USS Carl Vinson’s port visit to Vietnam is a reflection of that,” said Navy Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. “I am confident that engagements like this will further expand the comprehensive partnership between the United States and Vietnam.”

Commitment to Regional Prosperity, Security

The port call and U.S. operations in the South China Sea are routine, Manning said. “They demonstrate our commitment to regional prosperity and stability,” he said.

The United States and Vietnam normalized relations in 1995. The first port visit to Vietnam following the war was by the cruiser USS Vandergrift in November 2003, which docked at Ho Chi Minh City on the Saigon River. In June 2012, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited the USNS Richard C. Byrd in Cam Ranh Bay -- the logistics hub of U.S. forces during the Vietnam War.

In October 2016, two U.S. ships -- the submarine tender USS Frank Cable and destroyer USS John S. McCain -- also visited Cam Ranh Bay.

The South China Sea is off the coast of Vietnam, and that body of water sees $5 trillion in cargo pass through each year. A number of nations have competing territorial claims in the South China Sea region. Vietnam, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Thailand and Singapore have disputes in the area.

China has been aggressive in asserting claims in the South China Sea area, and has built islands on reefs and militarized those facilities.

The United States takes no sides in the disputes, but insists that freedom of navigation for all is maintained.

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity


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GO NAVY!
Posted on: 2018-03-06 12:33:25   By: Anonymous
 
GO NAVY!!!

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Posted on: 2018-03-06 12:46:17   By: Anonymous
 
Nothing says "sorry for the war" like showing back up in the biggest war ship possible! Murica.

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    Posted on: 2018-03-06 13:31:50   By: Anonymous
     
    Robert McNamara should have been strung up in his own "Hanoi Hilton"

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Posted on: 2018-03-06 15:26:19   By: Anonymous
 
Only W could make a more stupid war than Vietnam. Of course, Trump still has 3 years to do worse.

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Posted on: 2018-03-06 16:24:04   By: Anonymous
 
I shouldn't make this comment, but real is real, keep the anchor crankers on the ship, you don't need to come home with the clapp!

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    Posted on: 2018-03-08 12:21:17   By: Anonymous
     
    Surely prophylactics are more de rigeur now than in the 60s and 70s.

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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