US navy fleet to visit Vietnam

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A fleet of three US navy ships will visit the central city of Da Nang next week for an exchange with the Vietnamese navy, according to a press release from the US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

During the five day trip starting on April 23, US sailors will join Vietnamese forces for disaster control training and salvage medicine training, it said.

The two countries' naval forces will also participate in athletics events and a concert featuring a performance by a US naval band, a report on VnExpress said.

The US fleet includes the USS Blue Ridge, the flagship of the US Seventh Fleet the US's largest forward-deployed fleet the guided missile destroyer USS Chafee, and the rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard.

US Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear, Commander of the US 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Scott Swift, along with many other US officials will attend the welcoming ceremony at Da Nang's Tien Sa Port.

Last July a fleet of two US naval destroyers and a salvage ship also docked at Da Nang for an official visit to Vietnam. Earlier, in August 2010, the US Navy assigned a fleet of three ships to the city for the same purpose.

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