Prepping for 'nam deployment, carrier crews practice pushing helos into the water

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While Vietnam's defense ministry is in the process of getting final approval for the visit, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters the U.S. expects it will be approved.  The move signals increased military collaboration between the two countries in the years after the conflict, experts say.  However, it is also expected to irk China, which has sought to expand its influence in the region.

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