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. CuxaLugia

    I love this news, be friend with US is much much better than with China, I hope that the vn goverment won't forget the 4000 years history of vn that China killed millions of innocent poor people, raping, and even killed 3 generations at a time when there was only one person in the family revolved against the King dynasty... I would like to see how the US will teach them a lesson some days..........

    July 15, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • reddes

      unfortunately, the only lessons that will be taught are from the chinese towards the us. the us is in deep deep debt to china, the chinese have brilliantly enabled themselves to surpass the us in so many ways, there are so many more of them than there are us. china is a juggernaut that will not be stopped

      July 15, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ltcoljpm

      @reddes – get your numbers straight...ONLY 10% of US debt is held by China.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • abidingdude

      @reddes – China's well-deserved emergence is closely tied to the emergence of the WalMart economy and the burnout of the US manufacturing base. If US economy plummets, so does Chinese. PRC has been buying US debt and manipulating their currency value on the export market to keep their own manufacturing sector afloat and to artificially suppress unemployment. They're as in as precarious a situation as we are.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoog

      If you think the US is bad at destroying its natural resources, take a look at China. They're rotting from the inside out. They're their own worst enemy, and probably don't realize, or don't care.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      @ ltcoljpm

      Percentages and statisitcs! So 10% has no weight? 100% of that amount is very important to world stability. Take a look around your home, count the items made in China then report back with more numbers!!

      Head in the sand.

      and furthermore – of course the US is bending over – protected class of people because of the false events that led to vietganistan. Gulf of Tonkin lies killed many of our brothers.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butterfly

      reddes is chinese obviously.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • 911

      i see that in a lot of good vn war movies.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BillyBob Thorn in my side


    July 15, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u

    Vietnam part deux. Been there. No thanks.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    I guess this shows us that maybe 40 years down the road the Taliban will welcome us into Kabul for a visit.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah right..

      I'll be holding my breathe until then...

      July 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick from LA


    The US cannot be counted on to Teach China a lesson alone, your country needs to seize the moment to build up both economically and militarily to a level that allows you to protect yourself against China. The US will be there to help you, but please don't rely on us to take on China alone. This is your soverignty, your freedom, your fight. Make us your partner not your protector.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 911

      Many countries profited much from last vn war. and they cannot wait to see it again.....

      July 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eddy

    its funny how this country can have diplomatic relation with a COMMUNIST country who killed 58 thousand soldier
    yet. NOT have diplomatic relation with a country simply because it's a COMMUNIST country but have NEVER killed any soldier of this country. ALL BECAUSE THIS MEN BELIEVE IN HIS DOCTRINE. n have withstood 6 american president. N SOME CUBAN VOTE IN FLORIDA. (CUBA) this is what u call democracy under the table.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Cuba has killed Americans. They were CIA operatives, not *technically* soldiers, but Americans nontheless. They shot down a U-2 spy plane during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That pilot (sorry, can't remember his name off the top of my head) was USAF but worked for the CIA. They let Kruschev set up surface-to-surface nuclear missiles on the island and let Soviet ships and submarines stop in Cuban ports to refuel and for repairs. Yes, I agree that Cuba is not a threat to the US at this time and a dialogue should be started with them, but they haven't exactly been saints in the past.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • AR15

      We fought Chinese solders in the Korean war...

      July 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Eddy: The Chinese fought us back to the 38th parallel during a war called the Korean War. We had N.K. beat but thousands of Chinese crossed the Yalu river to force us back. They killed us as much as we killed them.

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

      Thousands? China sent 1.5 million soldiers to save north korea. The us killed so many but they ran out of ammo at times. Fortunately large soldier armies are more of a burden in modern warfare.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    Oh yeah just what we need to be doing as a country, burning all that fuel just to "Celebrate" relations with a country that we went to war with. Wasting money, wasting money. We need to as a country think like the broke American family on a Friday night when they contemplate going out to dinner with what little money they have.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris, Austin

    This just makes me think about Afghanistan, and the continuing contention that we have to stay in there, and win something. Given time, it seems, every nation on Earth eventually decides they need us for something. Look how glad they are to see us, now. Let's give the Afghanis several decades of being on China's border, and see if they don't ask us for something, like, you know, help.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DL

      "Let's give the Afghanis several decades of being on China's border..." The Afghans has been for centuries of being on China's border. They were invaded by the Mongols, the British, the Russians, never the Chinese. SO what are you saying?

      July 17, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Stevelb1

    Look out ITS A TRAP!!!

    July 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Prof Ramesh Manghirmalani

    It is good to see Americans are showing there presence in South China Sea- Some of comments are idiotic

    July 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • deb

      My son is an officer on one of these ships. You are correct – there are many idiotic comments here from people that have no idea what they are talking about. There are so many reasons that we are making our presence known in the South China Sea.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The enermy of Asia is China for all along, they have invaded Vietnam countless times. Killing women and children without mercy. Neverthless, Vietnam has been kicking their ass time after time. China would take over the whole south east Asia long ago without Vietnam standing firm. To the China, you never under estimate Vietnam. Vietnamese in the US works in every single defense firms and US organizations, and it mounted up to the hundred of thousands. Every single high tech war machine produces in the US has Vietnamese signature on it. Vietnam is the Jew of Asia if you will, and that 's why the US is protecting them. If Vietnam fall, nobody else survive in Asia. All the other countries enjoying the properities is because of Vietnam is staying in the front line against China for them.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    Ok, is this right, we've been on China to bail our debt laden a$$es out for several years. Now we're in some "friendly" maneuver with Vietnam, who are in a dispute with China! Are we inviting nations to get pis. sed at us? The $$ for these assenine "missions" come from politicos little secret stashes for this type of actions, kept out of reach of taxpayers. They all have them, look it up!

    July 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      In case you've forgotten, we're also in friendly diplomatic relations with other countries in dispute with China, such as Taiwan and India, not to mention all our supporters for Tibet. Seems adding Vietnam to the list isn't really such a bad idea. Maybe we can help their economy by moving some of our Chinese-made products to Vietnam production instead.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. abidingdude

    They're finally back to pick up Elias.

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

      Great movie. I always wondered if they got his body out. A shame.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JOE

    What a senseless and costly war. We lost 54,000 young American men to this senseless war because our government had nothing better to do. So we save South Vietnam from becoming communist but what is the exchange? What is South Vietnam's biggest and most important commodity export to the world? No, its not oil but bannanas. So just imagine 54,00 US soldiers died trying to save the world's leading export of bananas. No wonder why the Republicans in congress today are still going bannanas over their predecessor's blunders and failures. let's face it, the best Republican is a dead one.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @Joe – Obviously, you weren't around for the Vietnam War, or if you were, you weren't in the military or government. We went to war with North Vietnam for many other reasons. We were allied with South Vietnam, which was a startup democracy, much like we were allied with South Korea and West Germany. They were attacked by North Vietnamese soldiers who were being supplied by the Chinese and the Soviets, our enemies at the time, and they asked America, as an ally, for help (France was also in this, and supplied troops and weaponry, as they had good relations with South Vietnam). When a friend asks for help, for protection from an enemy, you respond by helping, not turning your back.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangerDOS

      Joe you're a troll – By the way, a Democrat president started the war (LBJ) – go read some history, I know there's a mobile library somewhere around that trailer park you live in.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • RM11

      The Department of Defense considers the Vietnam War (U.S. edition) to have begun on November 1, 1955. That's the middle of the first Eisenhower administration.

      July 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Actually Vietnam was a French colony and both the North and South beat the French and their allies (local Vietnamese that wanted the French to stay). The US came in to help South Vietnam and we were not alone. New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and the Phillippines all sent troops with us.

      July 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @RM11 – In a sense, you're correct. The Vietnam War started in 1955. However, the United States didn't enter the war until 1964, during President Lyndon Johnson's administration. It's like World War II, which started in 1939, but the United States didn't enter until the end of 1941.

      July 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris B

      OK Kennedy (Democrat) sends advisers to Vietnam, Johnson (Democrat) escalates the war after the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and then Nixon ( Ignorant Republican) escalates it more in Cambodia. Joe I graduated college did you? Are you sitting in Northern California worrying the Feds are going to steal your crops?

      July 25, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Col Kilgore

    Charlie don't surf!

    July 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 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 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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