Last update 4/19/2012 11:00:00 AM (GMT+7)

US warships to visit Da nang
VietNamNet Bridge - A group of US warships, including the USS Blue Ridge, the USS Chafee and the USNS Safeguard will arrive at Tien Sa port in the central Da Nang City on April 23, beginning their 5-day visit to Vietnam, according to the US Embassy in Vietnam.

USS Chafee.

The official welcome ceremony at Wharf 1 of Tien Sa Port is expected to be attended by US Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear, Fleet 7's Commander and Vice Admiral Scott Swift, captains of the visiting ships and other US officials and generals.

The visiting American sailors planned to participate in the 5- day cooperative program with the Vietnamese navy men, with several events held, focusing on non-battle events including exchange of skills in maintenance and operations of the ships, meetings with the local public, sports exchange, and musical performance.

USS Blue Ridge.

Besides the USS Blue Ridge, there will be the destroyer- escorted warship USS Chafee, the USNS Safeguard ship, together with sailors of the Task Force 73 and logistics force of the western Pacific region, and mobile coast guards and divers.

Previously, on July 15,2011, a group of US warships including the USS Preble, USS Chung Hoon and USNS Safeguard also landed at Tien Sa port to participate in a joint program with the Vietnamese navy men to celebrate the 16th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

USS Safeguard.

USS Blue Ridge is the lead ship of the two Blue Ridge-class command ships of the U.S. Navy, and is the command ship of the United States Seventh Fleet. Her primary role is to provide command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence support to the commander and staff of the US Seventh Fleet. She is currently forward-deployed to US Navy Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan and is the third Navy ship named after the Blue Ridge Mountains, a range of mountains in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States.

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