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. JC Velez

    IDK but how many millions of dollars does it cost for us to send 3 warships for 7 days to Vietnam while our economy, US dollar and our "credit rating" is about to tank? Priorities people, C'mon let's get it together!!

    July 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Stop. Let's just shut off diplomacy and return to our isolationist stance. Yeah, that's a great idea.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShowerGarden

      This is money that is already spent. These ships would be tooling around some other part of the Pacific if they didn't stop in Vietnam.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xugos

      This is a show of strength and solidarity with out allies more than anything else. China is ramping up its naval presence along its supply lanes for no apparent reason, therefore we should respond.

      Anyways, it should really tick China off that a United States Navy Ship named after a Chinese-American war hero is so close to their country. Google the U.S.S. Chung-hoon.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      Please understand that we need to continue our diplomatic relations to gain wealth, avoid more debt, avoid more wars, and keep the world stabilized.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      I guarantee that sailing ships back to Hawaii for maintenance would cost millions more.

      Also, despite our fighting a war with Vietnam, the Vietnamese don't care for the Chinese, so they are likely future allies of America.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stosh

      test

      July 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frederick C. Lee

      Gee...
      Why did we spend BILLIONS of dollars on the unpopular Vietnam War?
      ... to 'protect our freedom'????

      Time for some serious introspection here...and weigh the cost/benefits of ANY war.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rad

    me love you long time...

    July 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stosh

      Vietnamese girls are VERY pretty.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. History

    We were freinds with Vietnam during WWII, who helped us tremendously in that region, then we turnmed our back on them when the French started to exert their controle there. Then the Vietnam war occured because Ho Chi Min needed support and got it from China.......I just want to point out that traditionally Vietnam has been our ally and is again now. They are as good an ally in the region as you can get.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Queen

    @ John "Bluto" Blutarsky:

    I'll be quiet.
    You're on a roll.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg Bell

    @Alex Gessong,
    With all due respect, this is not true at all. Saigon was overrun within day of the US evacuation on April 30, 1975. Although Nixon said we left with honor, our helicopters were evacuating US personnel and a few lucky South Vietnamese as North Vietnamese troops were within 10 miles of Saigon. I have the greatest respect for the brave men who lost their lives fighting against communism, but Nixon withdrew our troops prematurely. The CIA at the time estimated that the South Vietnamese army could hold Saigon at least another year, but his was wishful thinking.

    I think that it is wonderful that Vietnam and the US can now ally against the cancerous growth of Chinese imperialism in the region. It is truly nauseating to listen to the Chinese claiming that they basically own every resource in Southeast Asia. Because of the US military's presence in Taiwan we know everything about China's military capabilities. When China destroyed one of their own satelites four years ago, they challenged the US to an arms race that they will lose. The US has been building space weapons since the 1970s. We already have the high ground and we certainly won't let Walmart's biggest supplier of men's socks to chase us from Southeast Asia.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greg Bell

    @ Skeptic, by 2050 China may have more aircraft carriers, but by then the US will have 10 orbiting battle stations with laser pulse weapons that could destroy every one of those giant floating targets within seconds. What you seem to forgetting is that the US has a 50 year technical lead on the Chinese. We landed men on the moon 42 years ago and the Chinese will not be able to do this until past 2020. And the most important point is, we're not just standing still while the Chinese catch up. We will ALWAYS maintain a 50 year technical lead on the Chinese. It will be 2080 before the Chinese have the weapons that we put in the field in 2030. The Chinese are fantastic at pirating DVDs, but going against our space-based kinetic and laser systems that we've had in orbit since 1986 is another matter entirely.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • History

      Greg, I really hope you are correct.....but I'm also afraid China now has the finances that can buy the technology one way or the other and catch up faster than expected. Remember there were alot of countries ahead of us technology wise before and during WWII. Then our aquisition of scientists and capital cought us up........just saying.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Magnix

      "...We landed men on the moon 42 years ago..." Really? You actually believe that? Sheeesh!

      July 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamgar50

      Keep believing that fantasy if it makes you feel better.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamgar50

      Magnix, I truly hope you’re joking!

      July 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tupperhouse

    Sure all the dead Americans and their families are glad to hear that.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamgar50

      There were a lot more Vietnamese killed (and they’re a much smaller country). If they can get over it, so can we.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Richard Park, BMCM(SW), USN Ret

    Why in the world are we visiting "zipperland" when the cost to we taxpayers for this jaunt will be immense. I agree with the total isolationist idea until we don't owe the commies a dime. I have quite a few friends on the Memorial Wall in Washington and they're probably turning over.........

    July 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Henry

    When I read stories like these, I reflect on what a total waste of blood and treasure the Vietnam war was. Fifty-Six thousand Americans killed, hundreds of thousand wounded, many with permanently shattered bodies or minds. More than a million Vietnamese killed.

    Today, Vietnam is a communist state with which America has full diplomatic and trading relations. The tragedy of it is that all of it would have happened without firing a shot.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Queen

    Uh, jake....what are you talking about?

    July 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joe

    waste of money

    July 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason K

    Its called drawing a parallel "Smarter". The fact is we are eager to kiss and make up with Vietnam because it was an illegal military action where war was never officially declared. I mean was there even a BS reason to go to Nam like there was with Iraq at least? So, a bunch of kids, and farmers defended their country against an invading force of western albino tree hugging druggies.

    Meanwhile, Cuba was a whole different story. We didn't invade them or do anything to specifically cause a hostile reaction.

    In conclusion we are sucking Vietnams d!c# because we had no business being there killing them, Cuba on the otherhand deserves no apology from us.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    The irony is amazing considering we used the sinking of a U.S. Navy ship as the "final straw" which brought our involvement into Vietnam.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. d.d.

    I was not aware of the USS Chung-Hoon.

    Interesting story there. Couldn't have been many Chinese-American officers in the US Navy in 1930s.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greg Bell

    @History,
    Unfortunately, you make a very good point. Despite our best efforts, espionage gave the Soviet Union the atom bomb by 1949, barely 4 years after our first successful test in New Mexico. Fortunately, I've got the solution. Have the US military rendition to my basement anyone suspected of helping the Chinese military. I will force them to watch episodes of "Jersey Shore" until they give up all of their spies at Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, etc...If that doesn't work I can always resort to my trusty pair of pliers and blowtorch.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • History

      I'll vote for that! After all that's how we knew where Bin Ladin was hiding out.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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