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USS Carl Vinson on Historic Visit to Vietnam

A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is paying a visit to a Vietnamese port for the first time since the Vietnam War ended in 1975, seen by many as both countries' efforts to stem expansionism by China in the South China Sea. The nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson with more than 6,000 crew members, accompanied by a cruiser and a destroyer, anchored off the central Vietnamese port city of Danang Monday for a five-day visit. Although this is the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has made a port call to Vietnam, smaller U.S. warships have made visited as ties between the former foes have improved in recent years. Those port calls include a 2016 visit by submarine tender USS Frank Cable and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain to Cam Ranh Bay, a U.S. logistics complex during the Vietnam War. Sailors from the American carrier are scheduled to spend time at...

 

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