United States carrier arrives in Vietnam, putting China on notice

Vietnam seeks to pacify China as USS Vinson visit signals warming ties

US carrier to make landmark visit to Vietnam, the first since 1975

Around 5,500 sailors will set foot on vietnamese soil in the first visit by an American aircraft carrier since the v\Vietnam war.

"Our nations' relationship has reached new heights in the past few years, and the USS Carl Vinson's port visit to Vietnam is a reflection of that", said US Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift.

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

The two countries "have gone from former enemies to close partners", the US ambassador to Vietnam, Daniel Kritenbrink, said in a statement.

The USS Carl Vinson anchored two nautical miles off the port city of Danang, which was a key battleground during the war that ended in 1975.

Tavrovsky said the U.S. has constantly made attempts to encourage various countries in the Asia-Pacific to "bark at China or even try to bite it".

That announcement came during a two-day visit to Hanoi by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and followed months of backroom military diplomacy between Hanoi and the Pentagon.

An MoU was signed that calls for collaboration between India's Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) and the Vietnam Atomic Energey Institute (VINATOM).

The USS Carl Vinson docked in Manila Bay on February 18.

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The Carl Vinson, a symbol of USA naval might, can carry at least 70 aircraft.

With a Northrup Grumman E-2 Hawkeye parked in foreground, USA navy personnel cool themselves on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier anchors off Manila, Philippines, for a five-day port call along with guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

Vietnam has also urged its fellow ASEAN nations to take a stronger stance against China in the South China Sea, though the body has largely chosen not to forcefully challenge Beijing.

Though the U.S.is not a claimant to the resource-rich waterway, it has long lobbied for freedom of navigation in the sea to counter China's growing influence.

As a matter of national security doctrine, the fiercely independent Vietnam has adopted a "three no's" policy of non-alignment with one power bloc against another, non-hosting of foreign military bases on its soil, and non-alliance with and dependence on any external power.

Trump himself touted possible missile and other advanced weapons sales during his November visit to Vietnam but not major arms deal has yet been completed. Some 58,000 American soldiers and an estimated 3 million Vietnamese were killed in the war.

The South China Sea is off the coast of Vietnam, and that body of water sees $5 trillion in cargo pass through each year.

Several Danang residents said Monday that they welcomed the navy visit. "Now the aircraft carrier comes with a completely different mission, a mission of peace and promoting economic and military co-operation between the two countries".

"I'm very happy and excited with the carrier's visit", he said.

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