Mar 05 2018
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the historic port call by the USS Carl Vinson in Vietnam today. The visit marks the first by a U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War:
“Today’s historic port call by the USS Carl Vinson in Vietnam underscores the enormous progress the United States and Vietnam have made in transcending the wounds of war and building a close partnership. It also demonstrates the growing strength of U.S. partnerships in a region threatened by rising Chinese aggression, expansionism, and opposition to the rules-based international order. Principles such as freedom of navigation provide the foundation for security and prosperity in this important region, and the United States should stand ready to partner with any nation willing to defend them.
“For those of us who fought in the Vietnam War, as well as for those of us who worked to normalize U.S.-Vietnam relations, the remarkable advancement in our relationship surpasses our fondest hopes. Moving forward, the United States and Vietnam, along with other regional allies and partners, should continue to work toward a shared vision for a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region based on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”