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USS George Washington Hosts Vietnam Officials

USS George Washington (CVN73), off southern coast of Vietnam in South China Sea.

 

The USS George Washington aircraft carrier on August 13 arrived in international waters bordering Vietnam’s waters to the north during its visit to several Asia – Pacific countries.

On the occasion, the US Embassy in Vietnam invited representatives from a number of Vietnamese agencies to visit the vessel.

Capt. David A. Lausman, commanding officer of USS George Washington

Captain David Lausman said that since June 4, the carrier has conducted a lot of activities in waters of Japan, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and Thailand, contributing to promoting relations between the US and the Asia-Pacific countries, especially in naval cooperation.

USS George Washington aircraft carrier is equipped with modern facilities to serve humanitarian and healthcare activities, one of its advantages in offering support to regional countries to overcome the consequences of earthquakes and tsunami.

In 2009 and 2010, the USS John Stennis and USS George Washington aircraft carriers also sailed through international waters near Vietnam’s waters and the US side invited Vietnamese agencies to visit the ships on the occasion.

The Vietnam War ended in 1975, but the former enemies have worked to strengthen military ties since relations were normalized in 1995.

A delegation of Vietnamese military and government officials was treated to a tour aboard the sprawling USS George Washington nuclear carrier this weekend off the country’s southern coast, once home to the U.S.-backed capital of South Vietnam during the brutal Vietnam War.

The USS George Washington is essentially a floating city that can house some 5,000 sailors and pilots, as well as 70 aircraft, and is equipped with its own hospital. Based in Japan, it is one of the world’s largest warships and can haul about 4 million pounds (1.8 million kilograms) of bombs.

Pilots blasted off from the flight deck during the weekend visit, soaring over the South China Sea as the Vietnamese and U.S. Embassy visitors angled their cameras for souvenir photos of the powerful display.

“It took us a hundred years to get right here,” Lausman said of the Navy’s century of building aircraft carriers. “And we have 11 of these throughout the world right now, not just one.”

Chiangrai Times News

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