Vietnamese, U.S. navies kick off exchange activities

16:37, July 15, 2011      

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The U.S. Navy began naval exchange activities with the Vietnam People's Navy on Friday in Vietnam's central Da Nang City.

According to Vietnam News Agency, U.S. units participating in the naval exchange activities arrived in Tien Sa Port, Da Nang City, including the guided missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USS Preble (DDG 88), the rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), together with 678 sailors from Task Force 73, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, and a Mobile Diving and Salvage Detachment.

During the seven-day stay, the U.S. visitors will meet with leaders of Da Nang People's Committee and the High Command of Vietnamese Navy Zone 3, and have skills exchanges in navigation and maintenance. Medical action projects, ship visits, band concerts, community service events, and U.S.-Vietnamese Navy sporting events will also be held.

According to the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs official website, the U.S. Navy has had several port visits to Vietnam in recent years. In 2009, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) hosted the first-ever fly-out of visitors from Vietnam to a U.S. aircraft carrier, and the 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and the destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), commanded by H.B. Le, a Vietnamese-American, visited in November 2009.

In 2010, another fly-out of visitors occurred to USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) visited Da Nang as part of naval exchange activities. USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) also visited Vietnam in May 2010 as part of a large-scale humanitarian assistance mission, Pacific Partnership.

Source: Xinhua
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