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. Romeo Echo

    Who speaks for the Dead Men, Women and Children who were tortured and killed by the VC Was this the plan of
    communist strategy to unit the North and South. Was this the ultimate plan. With the arrival of US Naval Forces
    again after the Russians, are you opening your legs open again.

    July 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lima Charlie Hotel Mike

      As a veteran I say the war is over.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      Sorry some just can't let go of the past. Nobody will ever move forward if not. That's not to say we shouldn't forget about it...just that we have moved forward. Look what we're still experiencing in the South and the confederate flag BS all going on – people STILL are not happy about what happened with our own civil war. GET OVER IT!!!

      July 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobR

      That was almost 40 years ago. Back in 1975, we were certainbly not saying this about the Germans, who also were our enemy killing American trooops by the thousands 30 years prior to that.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • tklewlrkj

      are you untarded? Let's celebrate the end of hostilities and move on. THAT is how a war is won.

      August 6, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Romeo Echo

    Who speaks for the Men, Women, and Children who were tortured and killed by the VC. Was this the ultimate
    plan to unite the South & North. Was this the communist war plan? Now a US Navy Fleet arrives, after the Russians,
    Is Vietnam opening its legs open for the American Dollar. There is much dialogue needed between the people,
    not govenments, political figure heads – Money, before all is forgiven. The great lost of people on both sides, military and civillans, and most important familitars, still shadows our thoughts.

    July 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Canuck

    If i was in veitnam i would be scared zhitless seeing a u.s navy vessel thinking about flashbacks,or another war since america likes to kick you twice when your down and out.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Spoken like a true Canadian who has never served or sacrificed anything in their entire life. Not to mention the country where prion infected cattle call home. Moron.

      July 27, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • ttriss

      For Sale: Canadian Army Rifles, Never fired, Dropped once.

      August 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rabbit

      Only problem with what you say, whilst I agree the US likes to kick weak and broken countries, is that the USA left with their tails between their legs last time and they are the ones who are broke at this time.

      August 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Agent Orange

    Yes lets help the Vietnamese supply arms to Chinese & Tibetan rebels and a safe haven for operations, I'm sure the Chinese will understand since that's what they did to Vietnam for 20 years

    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rabbit

      Yes, if that is what your Chinese masters require of you, that is what you will do. You are in hock up to your eyeballs, the strutting needs to end.

      August 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. soverigncountry

    Now you know why vietnam was colonized by the French and puppet state of US from 1955-1975 the country is not a country and depends on foreign soldiers etc. for disputes..if you hand over you national soverignity to another foreigner you don't deserve soverignity. south sea china is 'international' waters.. 4 countries claim ownership. the war in vietnam war was bout money. communist and capitalist..the communist confiscated all private property..vietnam is still a communist country.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vigla

      SO is China... What is your point?

      July 27, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • n.sil.

      Tell the Vietnamese that fought for the North that it was about money. They had been fighting occupying forces for their entire existence. They wanted their own country, and no one could understand. Find the stuff McNamara said in retrospect before he died.

      July 29, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. viet cong

    The CIA in the 1950s created the viet con to kick out the french colonist. Vietnam wants to be colony with corrupt officials who take bribes from foreign corporations(oil companies)

    July 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. big mistake

    The biggest mistake of the US was getting 70,000 americans defending vietnam to ungrateful vietnamese for 'democracy'....it's your country your problem...self determination.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      I hope that the US knows it was a MISTAKE because I don't remember seeing American soldiers defending Vietnameses nor democracy. I saw American soldiers and people who got paid by the US killing and burning Vietnamese people and their villages.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      'The Truth', maybe that is why rich people in the U.S. think soldiers went to fight there. Every male in my family who wasn't an old man was drafted... 4 on my dad's side, 2 on my mom's side.

      July 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alph charlie bravo

    It seems like yesterday I was knee deep in rice patties shooting those Vietnamese villagers. My platoon came under heavy fire and many were killed and I was wounded. Now I have PTSD and suffer daily. Wait a minute who was that? some one's in the house! I'll kill you you commie bast... Oh it's just my wife. As I was saying it is nice that we have peace now.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |

      I was touched by your post,brother vet.I too served in the Army and am still disabled by good old Agent Orange "the gift that keeps on giving".Bless you and yours...

      August 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. andogigi

    I feel so much safer now. *sigh*

    July 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck

    This is an INTEL OP for the US. There is no love lost between VN and China, especially after the massacare of VN sailors in the Spratly Islands.... see the You Tube video

    July 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    The world changes everyday. We fought the North Vietnamese who were supported by the Chinese, now we are showing support for Vietnam in the face of China again. We supplied and trained the Taliban in Afganistan in their fight against the Russians now they are our dire enemies. Reagan supplied Iran with weapons to counter the weapons we provided Iraq. What a country huh?

    July 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Humanity_01

    You make a movie? Not this time pal.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Banderman

    No wonder we're broke.

    August 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Vietnam should tell them to F*** off...

    Take you your s***t and don't come back !!

    August 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big Red 1 Vet

    ..The absolute dumbest thing Vietnam can do,is allow the US in it's ports..After ALL the senseless atrocities committed by the US,against the Vietnamese people.I SAW tons of war crimes committed by the US from 1966 to 1968,from napalming peaceful villages,and counting the remains of women and children as VC, to making villagers watch,as village leaders were run over by apc.s to stike terror,to the use of Agent Orange...of which Vietnamese are still getting cancer from,and dying from to this day.Remember What Goes Around,Comes Around YOU REAP,WHAT YOU SOW

    August 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
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