The U.S. welcomed the highest-ranking Vietnamese official to ever embark on a U.S. aircraft carrier.
Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vietnam’s deputy minister of national defense, and 11 other Vietnamese military officials arrived on deck October 19 while the USS Carl Vinson conducted operations off the coast of Southern California.
“This is a historic day,” said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John Fuller, the commander of the carrier strike group. He welcomed Vinh to lunch and meetings with the Carl Vinson crew.
Vinh said America and Vietnam can cooperate together on maritime issues.
The aircraft carrier promotes partnerships with U.S. allies and friends, provides security, and helps maintain freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region.
“I was very impressed with the professionalism and the working level of the whole Carl Vinson crew,” Vinh said.