US nuclear-powered supercarrier makes historic visit to Vietnam

United States Navy’s Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a scheduled port call on March 5. This is the first time a US aircraft carrier has visited Vietnam in more than 40 years.

USS Carl Vinson visited Vietnam with two escorts Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) and Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, March 5. US Navy photo

“The visit marks an enormously significant milestone in our bilateral relations and demonstrates U.S. support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam,” said US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink.

“Through hard work, mutual respect, and by continuing to address the past while we work toward a better future, we have gone from former enemies to close partners,” Kritenbrink added.

“This is a historic day and we are honored to receive such a warm welcome here,” said Rear Admiral John Fuller, Carl Vinson Strike Group commander. “Also, we’d like to thank Vietnam for the excellent logistical support that makes this visit possible. The United States and Vietnam are cooperating more closely than ever before.”