Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bin Laden Burial Ship Applies to Visit Hong Kong

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Associated Press

The U.S. aircraft carrier that conducted Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea has applied to Chinese authorities to make a port call in Hong Kong later this month.

China’s foreign ministry says the U.S. military has applied for permission for the USS Carl Vinson to stop in Hong Kong.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Thursday that the application will be handled “according to regular procedures.”

The U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong said it had nothing to announce regarding the visit.

U.S. Navy SEALs flew with bin Laden’s body by helicopter to the Carl Vinson after killing him in a raid on his compound in Pakistan.

The Pentagon said his body was sunk in the waters of the northern Arabian Sea.

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