Vietnam, US enhance naval ties

Aug 13, 2010. The visiting destroyer USS John S. McCain was a highlight of the week of cooperative exercises between the US and Vietnamese Navies in the East Sea.

A press release issued by the US 7th fleet Department of Public Affairs described the activities as part of a commemoration of the 15th anniversary of normalization of relations between the two countries.

“The activities are centered around non-combat training, such as damage control, search and rescue, and skills exchanges like cooking and maintenance events,” the release announced.

The schedule will also include friendship-building events such as medical and dental civic action projects, ship visits and US-Vietnamese Navy sporting competitions.

The ceremonies commenced as a plane full of government and military leaders flew from the central port city of Da Nang to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to observe the fleet as it operated in the East Sea.

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Vietnam, US enhance naval ties, Thanh Nien Online, Aug 13, 2010

High-ranking Vietnamese officers visit US aircraft carrier in East Sea, Associated Press, Aug 8, 2010