An American aircraft carrier has arrived at a Vietnamese port for the first time since the Vietnam War.
Navy musicians from the US 7th Fleet Band will perform free concerts for the public as well.
The Carl Vinson carries 6,000 crew members, stretches more than 1,000 feet and weighs more than 100,000 tons. The Carl Vinson carries over 5,000 sailors, which is the largest contingent of American soldiers to land in Vietnam since US troops withdrew in 1975. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis laid the groundwork for the Carl Vinson's visit in a trip to Vietnam shortly afterward. -Vietnamese relations in recent years.
The silhouette of the USS Carl Vinson is seen yesterday from the Vietnamese city of Danang, where the 103,000-tonne aircraft carrier and two other U.S. ships began a five-day visit.
The two countries "have gone from former enemies to close partners", the US ambassador to Vietnam, Daniel Kritenbrink, said in a statement. In May 2017, Vietnam hosted a Japanese helicopter carrier in Cam Ranh Bay for what was called a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief drill. Danang saw heavy fighting during the war as the site of a major US military base, but those gathered showed no sign of bearing a grudge. The war killed 58,000 Americans and more than 3 million Vietnamese. Some city residents said they welcomed the Navy visit.
It was said that the military of the two countries intend to exchange technical experience.
Huynh Quang Nguyen, a taxi driver, echoed the sentiment. "Increased cooperation between the two countries in economic, diplomatic and military areas would serve as a counterbalance to Beijing's expansionism".
USS Carl Vinson is anchored at Tien Sa Port in Danang, Vietnam, Monday, March 5, 2018. With China also hurrying to strengthen its navy, the Sino-American competition for superiority in the Asia-Pacific region appears bound to intensify.
The visit comes against the backdrop of long-running territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, including Vietnam, in the South China Sea, where they have overlapping sovereignty claims.
Le Hong Hiep is with the Singapore-based ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
Fighter jets on board the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.
The port call and USA operations in the South China Sea are routine, Manning said.
On previous occasions, the U.S. Navy has made it clear it will not be deterred from sailing through global waters by the presence of militarized Chinese islands and will continue to patrol the region as it has done for the past 70 years. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.