US Aircraft Carrier Visits Vietnam, Sends Message to China

Tonya Becker
March 7, 2018

The Vietnamese port was also the site of the first arrival of USA combat troops, when Marines landed there in 1965.

The U.S. carrier's vis it was first announced in January during a visit to Vietnam by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The Vietnamese leader was quoted by the Asian Age; "We reaffirm our close collaboration to support India to further its relations and multi-faceted connectivity with ASEAN attaching high importance to the maintenance of security, maritime safety and freedom of navigation and over flight, settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of worldwide law".

"The visit marks an enormously significant milestone in our bilateral relations and demonstrates US support for a strong, prosperous and independent Vietnam", Daniel Kritenbrink, the USA ambassador to Vietnam, told the ceremony.

Sailors are expected to participate in cultural and professional exchanges during community service projects and receptions.

"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.

In recent years, the United States and Vietnam have worked to improve relations that were normalized in 1995.

The visit comes as tension continue to simmer in the South China Sea, where more than $5 trillion in global trade transits annual. "They demonstrate our commitment to regional prosperity and stability", he said.

With more than 3,000 American navy officers and sailors staying in top hotels in Da Nang until Friday, it will be a big opportunity to promote tourism in Vietnam. 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.

Danang, which was a major USA military base during the war, is now Vietnam's third-largest city and is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.

That includes a 2016 visit by submarine tender USS Frank Cable and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain to Cam Ranh Bay, a crucial logistics complex during the Vietnam War.

"Vietnam has been deeply concerned about China's pugilistic and aggressive moves in the South China Sea". Vietnam, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Thailand and Singapore have disputes in the area.

In July 2016, an worldwide court ruled that the so-called "nine-dash line"-a demarcation line China uses to lay claim to parts of the South China Sea-is inconsistent with global laws governing maritime resources".

"The United States is here to maintain rules, laws and norms, and we'll do that in South China Sea".

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