In what it can be seen as a historical step, a US aircraft, USS Carl Vinson made a port call in Vietnam on March 5. This is the first time since the end of the Vietnam War. It’s a landmark visit since there hasn’t been a carrier there for last 40 years.
The symbolic visit of USS Carl Vinson, which will make a four-day port call to the central city of Danang signals a significant shift in the relationship of former bitter enemies.
The arrival of the Carl Vinson strike group’s 5,500 sailors marks the first time such a large contingent of American military personnel has landed on Vietnamese soil since the last of the US troops withdrew in 1975.