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U.S. Warships Make First Visit to Vietnam Base in Decades

  • U.S.-Vietnam ties have grown as China presses sea claims
  • Cam Ranh Bay was hub of U.S. military activity in Vietnam War
The USS John McCain.

The USS John McCain.

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Two American warships stopped in Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay this week for the first time since the two nations normalized relations 21 years ago, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday.

Submarine tender USS Frank Cable and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain made the visit on Oct. 2 as part of naval engagement activities between the U.S. and Vietnam, the navy said in a statement. Other military sealift ships have visited in the past, it said.