BizLIVE - The upcoming port call by a U.S. aircraft carrier and naval vessels next week will contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the region, Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
U.S. Aircraft Carrier’s Port Call to Vietnam Contributes to Regional Peace: Spokesperson
U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Photo: U.S. Navy
At the Vietnamese government’s consent, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and the destroyer USS USS Wayne E.Meyer of the US Navy will visit Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang from March 5 to 9, the spokesperson said at the Foreign Ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on March 1.
A number of activities were scheduled for the visit, including a welcoming ceremony, a press conference, courtesy calls, expertise discussions, sports events, and other community events.
The visit realizes the agreement reached by the two countries’ high-ranking leaders in the joint statement issued by Vietnam and the United States during U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Vietnam in November 2017.
“This visit will continue to promote bilateral relations within the framework of the two countries’ comprehensive partnership and contributes to maintaining peace, stability, security, cooperation, and development in the region,” the spokesperson noted.
Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense will soon release a detailed schedule of the visit, she added.
U.S. Naval vessels have several times made port calls to Vietnam and conducted common drills with the Vietnamese side. This will be the first time an aircraft carrier will visit Vietnam after the Vietnam War and marks the most significant presence of the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.
Security and defense will be one of the top five priorities set by U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink, who took in office in November.

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