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.