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. Derweissengel

    Interesting. I visited Hanoi once, but it was in an A7-A at 5000 ft. Left them a couple of nice presents while I was there. They weighed 500 pounds each.

    July 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      You right-wing nutjobs always seem to take pride in killing people like it was the greatest accomplishment that man can achieve. As an American, people like you make me sick by villifying our country before the world. In fact, I have another name for you and that is Dastodarschloch!!!

      July 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      I agree with Joey, Deweissengel. Back in WW2 we killed because we had to and never took any pride in it like you did in Vietnam as you so stated above and we never deliberately killed any children. The only thing you proved here is what a sociopath you are!

      July 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dipprasad Pun

      Derweissengel is a prime example of the sick society that America has become. Even in my native Napal, I've never seen such a lack of moral character as this. There we kill out of necessity, not for pleasure and we certainly never brag on it as some great accomplishment.

      July 17, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Earnest T Bass

      Streetcar 304?

      July 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sickofextremeism

      Your comment may have been a little harsh, but thank you for your service.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Let it go, stop living in the past. Hanoi is the lovely place it is because Nixon forbade bombing it. Even a crook has more sense than you. How many people did you kill btw? You are going to hell.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Calaban007

      You don't worry about what these other people are saying, you be proud that you served your country and did what they asked you to do.

      Also, to the guy that was talking about taking pride in killing during WW2. You realize that we leveled entire cities from the sky. Seriously, to think that there weren't women and children there is ignorant. The pilots were proud of themselves, they painted markers for each bombing run on their plane. Just like the fighter pilots painted kills on their plane.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nadine

      Never mind the negative comments from the cowardly generation that we have today. The reasons for waging war on Vietnam were good reasons and the men who fought were mostly courageous men who were greeted with insults and derision by the idiotic pacifists of the time. So, who ever you are I hope your presents found their targets and were well received. May your enemies rest in pieces.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrVietAmerican

      You, Derweissengel, should be grateful for the freedoms you have as an American and not abuse your Freedom of Speech with such a horrific and boisterous statement. There were innocent women and children who lost their lives.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. danangvn

    train the VCs and arm them with latest weapons to contain the chinese ...

    July 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Today there are no VCs and never has been since 1976 when that organization disbanded and became part of the national government of Vietnam. In fact, the only reason the VC ever existed in the first place was to unite South Vietnam with the North which was finally achieved in 1976.

      July 17, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeV

      I was a Vietnamese who lived in Saigon during that period. VC = Viet Cong and literally means Vietnamese Communists. So the Vietnamese don't make distinction between VC and Northern Vietnamese. However, most foreigners misunderstood VC for the Liberation Front for South Vietnam (Mat Tran Giai Phong Mien Nam), which was a front in the South for, and directed by, Northern VN Communists. After the Communists took over the South VN in April 1975 (not 1976), the Liberation Front for South VN was disbanded by the Northern Communists and absorbed in the Communist government, although many of its leaders were kept at the low-level under the "unified" government.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tiger

    What is this happy horse dung There are no Communists stuff? Right wing nut jobs? Till you wear the uniform & stand on the wall, I'd kindly wish you would shut the bleep up.

    July 17, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JBK

      Dislike. "Paper tiger. Your roar is much worst than your bite..." Suggest reading a lot of history of Southeast Asia and the concept of critical thinking....

      July 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ JIF
    right on mark.
    We are upto our necks in debt mostly to China & still continue to provoke them, continue with our nutty misguided foireign policy of alienating nations, continue with our military mis-adventures along with our equally nutty European allies. While powers like China, Russia and future powers India & Turkey patiently see us shooting ourselves all over.
    And then we blame others for our woes & see demons everywhere but within ourselves.

    July 17, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jd

      Its like you telling your friend that you don't want them to talk to their other friends.
      Pretty ridiculous huh?

      July 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Only we the US are & have the right to be bullies in this day & age. How you call anyone else a bully ?

    July 17, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Extremely well put, saywhat. Nothing could be closer to the truth. How nice it is to see that at least some people who post in here have intelligence unlke all those other right-wing, war-loving idiots!!!

      July 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jd

      Who exactly are we bullying? – last bully I ran into stole my lunch money.
      Who doesn't get lunch money from the US?

      July 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Thanks @ Cesar

    We missed your posts on this and other blogs.

    July 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Thanks again, saywhat. The people I was referring was just like that Sue who in an earlier post was bashing China by accusing it of telling the U.S. to vacate that part of the world which never happened in the first place. Moreover, this Sue is quick to forget the simple fact that China is essentially a part of Asia whereas the U.S. is not!!!

      July 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. QAnna

    Perhaps you might want to pick up something and learn about the current affairs in ASIA before making the comment? just a thought 🙂

    July 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      The same thing needs to be said to that ignoramus Sue who posted her idiotic comment at 1:00 on July16 above, QAnna.

      July 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    The war from when it started until it ended lasted from November 1st 1955 until April 30th 1975 or 19 years 180 days. We actually got militarily involved starting in 1955 sending advisers. Then we started sending in troops in 1961 and then would start sending combat troops in 1965.

    July 19, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. richwood7

    Last time USA ships visited Vitnam there was a problem with the USA flag. Our laws state that no flag shall fly higher than the flag of the USA, Vietnam had (has?) a law that their flag must be higher than any other. I think it was resolved that no flags would be flown. Is this still the case?

    July 22, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. H_Thunder

    The Americans have been rushing to assure the smaller countries in the region by carrying out naval exercises. This does not mean that they will come rushing to defend any Vietnamese or Philippine island under attack. I hope there is no danger of miscalculation in all this awkward maneuvering.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. H_Thunder

    It looks like recon patrols are what's really needling the Chinese: chinesenavyinfo.com

    July 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Farrok

    After all the American deaths in Vietnam now we are sweethearts? This is sick..............

    July 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jd

      Its called healing try it – we lost lives, they lost lives – its clear your accustomed to placing yourself above others but no ones life lost on either side is worth anymore or less than yours

      July 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nemo

    China is claiming all of the South China Sea as theirs. The area has Oil deposit equivalent to Kuwait. The thing is, it is on the seabed. American companies are drilling under agreement with Vietman and Philippine 200 mile exclussive economic zone. China's Offshore oil 981 is looking for a spot to drill but Asian country don't want it in its 200 mile zone. Oil = War. Can we just go solar power? One disaster in the area and the slick will kill the ecosystem.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. TrVietAmerican

    @Farrok & Deweissengel:
    Human lives are lost on both sides regardless of which side is perceived as the villain. There were innocent Vietnamese lives that were lost, as well, who were not associated with the northern Vietnamese Communist. My father fought and died for the south Vietnamese army. War is never the ideal answer....Peace is always the noble solution. I'm forever grateful to those who risked their lives, both Americans & Vietnamese, for the freedom I have today. Besides Native American Indians, we all have foreign ancestors and need to embrace this history. It is out of line and horrific to write about dropping bombs on human lives as a "present." I thank all the Veterans and men/women who have and currently serve our country and pray for those with hearts of stone.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jd

      Marvelous Comments

      July 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Been there done that

    Whine, bi*ch and complain! This snake eatin baby killer would.nt mind doin it again. You see, as long as there are people there will be war and sombodys got to do it. But understand, if you don't take it to them, they WILL bring it to YOUI!!! Just look at Sept. 11th and if you can think (which MOST of you can't) you might understand.

    July 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
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