The port call will mark the largest US military presence in Vietnam since the nearly two decade-long war ended in 1975.
Rear Adm. John V. Fuller, the commander of the Carl Vinson strike group, told The New York Times: "It's a pretty big and historic step, since a carrier has not been here for 40 years". "We hope to continue the same issue that we've always had and that's to promote security, stability and prosperity in the region".
In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the Sunda Strait on April 14, 2017 in Indonesia. In recent years, Beijing has bickered with countries including Vietnam and the Philippines over territorial rights in the South China Sea, where China has been building islands in order to expand its sphere of control.
During their stay in Da Nang, U.S. Navy officers will meet their Vietnamese counterparts and local authorities, who will be invited on a tour of the carrier.
Danang, which was a major US military base during the war, is now Vietnam's third-largest city and is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.
The USS Carl Vinson docked in Manila Bay on February 18.
The nuclear-powered Vinson carries 5,500 crew and up to 90 aircraft.
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Sailors are expected to participate in cultural and professional exchanges during community service projects and receptions.
Vice Admiral Philip G. Sawyer, commander of USA 7th Fleet in the Pacific, said he hoped the relationship between the two nations will increase in the future.
In July 2016, an worldwide court ruled that the so-called "nine-dash line"-a demarcation line China uses to lay claim to parts of the South China Sea-is inconsistent with global laws governing maritime resources".
Vietnam Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said the visit underscores its good relations with the USA and contributes to "maintaining peace, stability, security, cooperation and development in the region". "The visit also builds on the positive momentum of the comprehensive partnership between the USA and Vietnam, and will not only serve to strengthen the bilateral defense relationship, but will also help enhance cultural and professional ties".
Separately from this week's mission, US officials have said American warships would continue sailing without prior notice close to the China-occupied islands and atolls, an aggressive way of signaling to Beijing that it does not recognize its sovereignty over those areas. "Increased cooperation between the two countries in economic, diplomatic and military areas would serve as a counterbalance to Beijing's expansionism".
It marked the largest American military presence on Vietnamese shores since 1975, signaling the emergence of an unlikely alliance between Washington and the Southeast Asian communist regime.