US warships make first visit to Vietnam in decades

Two US Navy warships have docked at a Vietnamese naval base, the first such port call since the normalization of relations 21 years ago.

Submarine tender USS Frank Cable and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain entered a deep water base in Cam Ranh Bay in Khanh Hoa province on Sunday, the US Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.

Before entering the Cam Ranh Bay, USS John S. McCain also made a port call in nearby Da Nang City, according to the statement.

The coastal city, perched strategically on the South China Sea, is where US combat forces first arrived in Vietnam in 1965. The US carried out an eight-year military intervention in the country from 1965 to 1973, killing thousands of Vietnamese people.

Diplomatic ties between the two countries were restored in 1995.

The US and Vietnam started to improve their naval ties after US President Barack Obama declared the complete removal of America’s arms embargo against the “extremely important”…

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