U.S. Aircraft Carrier, USS Carl Vinson Docks in Vietnam For First Time Since Vietnam War
By Luke Ryan, SOFREP // March 6, 2018
docked in Danang, Vietnam
(SOFREP) – For the first time since the Vietnam War, a U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, has docked in Danang, Vietnam — with a cruiser and a destroyer in tow.
This has been part of the ongoing efforts to bolster the relationship between the United States and Vietnam, and the DOD says that its mission is one of cultural exchange, as well as visiting the center for victims of Agent Orange.
Navy Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said that, “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 … I am confident that engagements like this will further expand the comprehensive partnership between the United States and Vietnam.”
It is also likely that the U.S. is reminding the western Pacific that it is still a major power there. Particularly China, who has been building up their own naval forces in the area.