Vietnam Pleased with US Aircraft Carrier Off Its Shores

By: AP
By: AP

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (AP) -- Less than a week after China launched its first aircraft carrier, the U.S. has showed off its own big-boy supercarrier to former enemy Vietnam.

The visit comes as smaller Asian nations become more jittery amid Beijing's burgeoning maritime ambitions.

A delegation of Vietnamese military and government officials was
treated to a tour aboard the sprawling USS George Washington
nuclear carrier this weekend.

They flew out to the vessel, which was off the coast of southern Vietnam -- once home to the U.S.-backed capital of South Vietnam during the brutal Vietnam War.

It's the second such visit to the U.S. Navy's hulking carrier in as many years and a symbol of the former foes' warming military ties.

But Saturday's visit also came amid heated tensions between China and its Asian neighbors.

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