USS Carl Vinson makes historic visit to Vietnam in 'routine' port call

Monday, 05 March 2018 00:00 vuquangtiep
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The first visit by a US aircraft carrier in four decades is "not of military focus", but will see "cultural exchanges" between local experts and US sailors, said a US navy spokesman.

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As the USS Carl Vinson docks at Danang port today (Mar 5) – the first time a United States navy aircraft carrier is visiting Vietnam in 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War – it will mark a further step in closer cooperation between the two nations, said a navy spokesperson.

Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins stressed that the historic port call was strictly “routine” in its objectives, and an opportunity for both nations to “learn from one another”.

These engagements will see a total of 300 Vietnamese experts in engineering, firefighting, culinary, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, medical and academia, boarding the USS Carl Vinson for two hours to “engage sailors, receive a tour and have a conversation”.

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