US Navy ships dock in central Vietnam

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Two US Naval destroyers and a salvage ship docked Friday in the central city of Da Nang, starting a visit to mark the 16th anniversary of the countries' diplomatic relations.

During the weeklong trip, the 700 crew members of USS Preble, USS Chung Hoon and USNS Safeguard will engage in several activities including humanitarian work and exchange of rescue skills with Vietnamese forces.

Rear Admiral Thomas Carney, commander of US Task Force 73/Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, told a press conference that the ships' presence at Da Nang's Tien Sa Port reaffirmed the US Navy's presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

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The US Navy is currently cooperating with naval forces of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) countries in fighting pirates and guaranteeing security for ships navigating within the East Sea, he said.

Carney also said that all countries should look for peaceful measures to solve East Sea disputes.

Last August the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, destroyers USS Chung-Hoon and USS McCampbell, together with USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) had docked at the Da Nang port.

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