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. Lenny

    This is some show of force to China. China is on a massive military Buildup. As much as some some you may believe,China is not our friends.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • 911

      so they don't have to call upon the flying tigers to rescue them next time.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      That is a REAL BIG show of force, three ships, only two being combatant ships.
      NORMALLY, a show of force is a carrier task force, to show our interest in the area. As we have a FEW carrier groups in that region, a show of force WOULD be one of them sailing in that area.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heh

      You are absolutely correct. China is not our friends!

      July 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      And yet we still ship American jobs to China like there's no tomorrow.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Why are so many idiots so paranoid about China? It's we Americans who are so aggressive nowadays in the Middle East and North Africa, not the Chinese. In fact, China has not had an aggressive foreign policy since the days of Kublai Khan back in the 13th century!!!

      July 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • C2H5OH

      China is our biggest creditor, not our friend

      July 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      OK, so STOP BUYING ALL THAT CHINESE-MADE GARBAGE at Wal-Mart! That's why Americans have no jobs and the Chinese have all that money.

      July 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      Joseph McCarthy: Kublai Khan? Talk about naive. Maybe you should read up more about China's war with Vietnam. Its support for the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Its threats against Taiwan. Its support for the North Koreans during the Korean War, including providing ground troops. And of course, its invasion of Tibet.

      China is constantly meddling with the affairs and politics of its neighbors. It wants nothing less than a "Greater China" that comprises all of them.

      July 16, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
    • mgunn

      still he's got a point... the things you mention are relatively close by or internal, have historical background whether we agree with it or not (some say taiwan is china, tibet conquered by previous dynasties, etc.), we had troops in korea too which would be viewed like them having in mexico, vietnam was brief unlike ours which bombed the crab out of them.

      they HAVE been relatively peaceful for a big player the past 30 yrs... can you say the same for us? we have 3 going on right now!!! Our animosity is relatively speaking poorly placed, you look for an enemy you'll find or create one.

      July 16, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Any loss of human space exploration :-{

    To just sit here on this planet ( As we have been for the past thousand or 3000 years or longer, depending on who you talk to.) Is a death sentence for not only the United States but all of humanity.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe poca

      For 3 thousand years human lives have existed... the Chinese region has had a culture longer than that. Mankind certainly will not find itself in mass existing in outer space as this would require science & heee heee americans and their ignorant 3000 year old intelligent design theories keeps them dumber than dirt.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Interesting view, as China has existed for 5000 years. The Christian era is over 2000 years old. There is plenty of human habitations found dating back 15000 years in North America alone and older habitations in many other areas of the world.
      Meanwhile, we have about a billion more years before the planet is uninhabitable, due to the sun starting its red giant phase. So, space exodus is not in the short term necessity planning.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nickell

      Try a million years

      July 16, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ed Sr

    Did they greet us with flowers or with cannon?

    July 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • 911

      or body bags

      July 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ben

    @Greg Bell: Perhaps, but you're forgetting the fact that we'll be broke long before then and China will have an overabundance of wealth. Other than that most of your points are quite valid.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      When dividing China's wealth among it's 1.3 billion people, they're really not that rich.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ALKP

    To think that we could have waited them out until they realized themselves that comunism would bring no good nor prosperity, over 58K americans could have been with their families. Very sad..

    July 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamgar50

      I guess you’d still be waiting, genius.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ALKP

      Shamgar50, why is it that there are people like you tryin to win the prize for the biggest idiot? My point is that 58K lives and what did we accomplish. Yes they are still a comunist country but trying to be our friends. Look a Russia. Isn't China turning to capitalism now?
      When it comes to idiot prizes, you win them all.

      July 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgunn

      58k is nothing compared to the millions that died in vietnam due to us and with the ensuing anarchy. Its amazing they've forgiven us... more likely the older ones who can remember are all dead (after bombing the heck out of them they became among the poorest in the world with among the lowest life expectancy) and the young don't even know...

      July 16, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. ben

    @Greg Bell: Just to clarify I was referring to your post at 2:41 when you were responding to skeptic.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shawn

    The ships would still be on active duty if they weren't in Vietnam. Its not like they would be parked in a garage somewhere not being used. The fact is that regardless of the task at hand those ships are constantly working. The ONLY time they cost extra money is when they are being serviced or when they are in active duty launching missiles. Even then the missiles are already bought and paid for and the actual cost is in replacing them which can be put off until a more convenient financial situation.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kukareku

    Chinese people should love this! Soon soon soon we will bring democracy to China. We need only little: a few nukes and two aircraft carriers.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jony3322

    US must ally with Vietnam to protect mutual benefits in South Sea againts China. Vietnam has better geologically and historically to own large part of South Sea. If US is a friend of Vietnam, US will be allowed to travel thru the South Sea better as well as doing a lot better oil business with Vietnam. To protect the US benefits in South Sea, only Vietnam is the best country to deal with China.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • liemle

      Plz help Vietnam, The US. China is being a big bully in the whole ASIA. They broke all the international laws. Please make it clear, and teach China a lesson.

      July 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgunn

      watch out,, the US friendship might be fake. And remember what happened the last time the US was involved in vietnam, makes china's activity look like nothing

      July 16, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. ben

    @Paul: That may be true if you use the erroneous assumption that it is divided among the Chinese people-very little of it is.

    July 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shamgar50

    China will do whatever it must, and we’d better prepare for it. They are buying up future oil production whenever they can.
    Ultimately, we will all lose this contest.

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

    US make the right thing,China is not our friend

    July 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |

    BACK OFF Chine,,,all China does is bully,,,,,coward

    July 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    @ Joseph McCarthy
    Second that.
    Its our idiocy & follies which have landed us in the mess we are in today. While powers like China & Russia are quietly working the diplomacy lines without wasting a dime or lives.
    Us & our as nutty European allies go the way of bankruptcy, still not learning.

    July 16, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sue

    How dare! Who do they think they are to tell United States to stay out of the region. That's a direct challenge and an intimidation to the U.S. itself! Those who still think China is our friend then I have one word for them – Stupid People Shouldn't live. China is bullying its neighbors because they think they can and the World is allowing it. If you want to know how Chinese people are and what kind of reputation they have, go to Asia (the source) and ask around and people will tell you how they think about the Chinese. One of the words you will hear from there is "Disgrace"...

    July 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Where in the world did you get your information ? China has at no time told us to stay out of the area. We have always had a presence in that part of the world. Hold your indignation until you know what you're talking about.

      July 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Sue, like bobcat2u said, you first need to learn Asian history before vomiting your ignorance on this web page. Besides, aren't you ashamed to display such ignorance in the first place? I know I would be!!!

      July 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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