U.S. warships arrive in Vietnam
The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble is one of the U.S. ships visiting Vietnam.
July 15th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

U.S. warships arrive in Vietnam

Three U.S. Navy ships arrived Friday - as welcome guests - at the Vietnamese port of Da Nang.

The visit is part of a seven-day celebration of the 16th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two former enemies, the Navy said in a press release.

The 7th Fleet delegation consists of the guided-missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon and USS Preble, the rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard, additional sailors from the Logistics Group Western Pacific command, and a mobile diving and salvage team.

The Safeguard underwent repairs at a Vietnamese shipyard in 2009, the Navy said.

Territorial tensions have risen in recent weeks between Vietnam and China over the South China Sea, but the U.S. says the visit is a planned training mission focusing on "non-combatant events and skills exchanges in areas such as navigation and maintenance."

U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen just ended a four-day visit to China on Wednesday.

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  1. Bob Jones

    Maybe Navy can pick up POW's lseft behind after War ended and 'Peace With Honor' started ???

    July 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      There aren't any POWs you imbecile. That's a myth propagated by the Rambo movies.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Actually there are still POW's, even freedom fighters still running in the jungle from the current government....

      July 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      There are thousands of MIA's in every war, bodies never found, presumed dead. For some reason, an urban myth has developed and these MIA's are presumed alive in Vietnam. Strange, that. I wonder if any psychologists or sociologists have studied this.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • lintlicker

      EX-POW, Those men never came home they ended up marrying a Viet women so they won't have to come back to their FAT WIFE.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butterfly

      China is scared thats why they are trying to distract us with this old school vietnam rumors. But the important thing to remember is, china is scared.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blair

      Think you mean MIA's, not POW's. We have been looking for the MIA's for many years now actually. I've been on 3 missions there. 2 in Laos, 1 in Vietnam. We are still finding their remains, still bringing them home to their families and providing them closure. Without a doubt one of the most rewarding things I've done in my career.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamgar50

      Blair, You are a truly good person. Thanks for your efforts.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Duane W

    Eventually you need to put aside the disagreements as the world shrinks. Looks like we are making a step in the right direction with Vietnam

    July 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aurum510

      You realize the current Vietnam government killed at least 10,000 times more of their own people than Gaddafi has, right? Why aren't we over there? Oh that's right, because Libya has oil. I forgot.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamgar50

      Aurum510, and where did you find that number?

      July 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tax Dollars

    Great to see our tax dollars at work here. The costs to move that ship to Vietnam should go to fixing this debt ceiling problem.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smoo

      I would rather the Obama's stay out of Air Force 1.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahahaha

      Did you actually graduate high school?

      July 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bismarck

      The ships may be foward deployed making it cost-effective to have maintenance done by a new ally rather than bring them all the way back to San Diego. Just a thought...

      July 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I'm sure better relations, and possible more trade and buisness with Vietnam will more than pay for this little peace process. Try thinking for a change, it feels good.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Smoo: And some of us would rather ignorant comments not be left on these web sites, but looks like we're out of luck on that.
      @Tax Dollars: Fortunately, we're not going to shut down the Navy just because we have a national debt. We've had a national debt for 200 years. This kind of port visit is an important part of why we have a Navy. It's money well spent, as it pays off in many ways. In this particular case, beyond strengthening our friendship with Vietnam, it also reminds the Chinese government that the U.S. is major presence in the Pacific and always will be.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. w2lucky

    As our dollar tanks we need to make sure we have good relations with more third world countries.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Yep it's called trade- the Vietnamese produce a lot of rice which Americans eat a lot of.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      @w2lucky: our dollar has tanked before. Currencies rise and fall relative to each other all the time. It's nothing new. Still, we're the world's leading economy, despite being only 5% of the world's population, so I'd say we're doing pretty well. Notice that the international price of oil is always set in U.S. dollars. Not Euros, Rubles, Yen, Yuan or any other currency. U.S. dollars. That pretty much says what the world thinks of our money, and it's a pretty strong statement of support.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • w2lucky

      Carol and Alex, You both missed the picture. Vietnam = China. And you probably got your comment in just in time Alex because the future of the dollar i.e the price of oil, etc... DAYS ARE NUMBERED. Your faith and appreciation for mediocrity are noted. Are you from Canada?

      July 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom Nguyen

    I just think about USA but Mr JOE brins up the issue Elephant and Donkey...So,I suggest Mr JOE and His fellows to think twice.Who(which president) have sent troops to VietNam,Kennedy and then Johnson..They are American of course,they are patriotics of course and they ARE DONKEY of course...This is an endless stupid arguement

    July 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Tom: you forgot Nixon? You're right that argument is silly and endless, but Richard Nixon can never be left out of any discussion of U.S. involvement with Vietnam.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ward

      Nixon started to get US OUT of Vietnam, and started relations with China...

      July 17, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Greg Bell

    Joe, you need to read your history books. We didn't save South Vietnam from becoming communist. We left as the North Vietnamese, sponsored by China, overran the South. There is no longer a "South Vietnam".

    Having said that, I think that it is a great idea that the US maintain its presence in the South China. China has been bullying its neighbors for years and we need to continue to show China that we are not leaving. Let's get real: the US Navy could destroy anything that the Chinese "Navy" has. A single US Aircraft carrier has more firepower than the the entire Chinese Navy.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahahaha

      China's navy has made real progress at becoming a potentially formitable presence in our planets waters. Make no mistake about their capabilities! and to say that one of our carriers has more firepower than their entire fleet is rediculous. Our armed forces are highly trained and highly capable but NOT invincible.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bismarck

      Until the carrier's catapults are knocked out making it a floating target

      July 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Greg: President Nixon withdrew U.S. forces from Vietnam when the war had been stabilized enough for the South Vietnamese army (ARVN) to fight without our help. ARVN ultimately was defeated by the North's army, but that was not inevitable. China and Vietnam were not buddies during (or after) that war. China and Vietnam have fought border battles. Their rival claims to potentially oil-rich islands is the latest source of conflict between them.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    At least we are trying to extend a olive branch of peace and to move forward sometimes it good to remember but to move on to forgiveness and to let wounds heal so that the futre can see real peace. Real peace and understanding is what we as people must do so that our future can learn from the mistakes of the past. Yes we went to war and lives where lost on both sides but me must move past that inorder to evolve!

    July 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahahaha

      I totally agree. Vietnam is a beautiful country full of warm and friendly people. If you ever get the chance to go there I recommend it! Great food too.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Kim – I was beginning to think 99.99% of the population were blithering idiots- you make my heart sing.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don't care because....

    ....there will always be war. Always.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Chris. US troops will leave Afghanistan, but not before being replaced with corporate military personel. The pipeline infrastructure in Afghanistan requires constant security, or the locals would destroy it. As long as China purchases oil and natural gas from the Carlyle Group's Caspian Basin holdings, there will be men in Afghanistan protecting the pipelines and compressor stations that deliver this energy to China. :)

    July 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. QAnna

    Thank you! It's about time. I'm a Vietnamese, and I don't think we're the only one who's being glad but I think the surrounding countries as well. It's time someone step in before China really make its move. By the time everyone wakes up and realize China whole different monster, well it's too late for regrets.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      The monster was in crouch and wait mode in the 60's and 70's. It has awakened and going after what always was and is the real prize- AFRICA. Gaddafi let it in the front door. Read the book.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @Brandon

    My father was a POW. We have to assume that after all this time, he is dead. It's no movie, it's reality. Please educate yourself with something other than movies. Thank you.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Example: ENRON built a HUGE natural gas-fired powerplant in India with funds stolen from investors. ENRON was busted, but the powerplant construction was completed and now purchases NG from The Carlyle Group's Caspian Basin reserves. Now how much of that NG do you think would arrive in India if troops were pulled from the middle-east? Not one cubic foot buddy. Not even one.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Somebody sounds....

    ...a bit obsessed with the Carlyle group.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Veteran

    The POW's are NOT a myth. Everyone new we left them behind.

    July 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. johnny a

    vietnam vet -– the people in that country are still living in the dark ages. As you walk down the streets you will see
    poeple stop, pull their pants down , bend over and take a crap right in the street. Pull their pants up and walk away.
    we never should have been there. there army never cared about their own country. They just wanted us to pay them and then run like hell when the going got bad. I hope the whole country falls into the south china sea.

    July 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangerDOS

      You're not a Viet Nam vet and you certainly don't know the Vietnamese. You are just an ugly mouth troll. Hope to get to meet you face to face some day :-)

      July 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamgar50

      Gotta agree with RangerDOS!

      July 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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