Army Gen. Martin Dempsey
on Aug. 14, 2014, became the first Joint Chiefs Chairman to visit Vietnam since
1971. Here, Dempsey walks by a Vietnamese honor guard in
Hanoi. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Phung Quang Thanh,
reported Voice of America. The visit is the latest US gesture to deepen military-to-military cooperation with Vietnam. During a press availability, Dung declared Vietnam’s support for expanded cooperation in areas such as search and rescue operations and disaster relief and for continued joint work in abating “consequences” of the Vietnam War,
reported Vietnam’s official government news agency. Regarding the latter, Dempsey was scheduled to call on the US-funded dioxin abatement project at the former US air base at Da Nang,
reported the same agency in a separate release. Dempsey told Vietnamese officials the United States would soon lift a ban on selling lethal armaments to Vietnam, according to the news agency. Dempsey’s Vietnam visit followed a
high-profile US proposal at the recent meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Burma to de-escalate tensions between China and its neighbors, including Vietnam, in the South China Sea area.
The contract for the
low-rate initial production lot of 43 F-35s with Lockheed Martin, agreed
to on Monday, came out to be
$4.55 billion, program manager Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan reported at a press conference Thursday.
Studies of F-35 noise
relative to legacy fighters will be released Friday and will show that “on the
ground, at full military power,” which is full power without afterburner, the
F-35 is “actually quieter, by a little bit” than legacy aircraft, the F-35 Program
Executive Officer said Thursday.
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