The US carrier from which Osama bin Laden was buried in the Arabian Sea is seeking permission to visit Hong Kong this month. However, Beijing had yet to give permission for the visit, security officers familiar with the situation and Washington-based diplomats said. A visit by the USS Carl Vinson would be the first visit by a US carrier to Hong Kong since February 2010 after a freeze in ties between China and the US over arms sales to Taiwan. The US Consulate yesterday said it did not announce ship visits until 24 hours in advance of arrival. 'Hong Kong is a favourite port call for US sailors, and we appreciate the opportunity to make regular visits to the city. We have no announcements to make at this time with regards to future visits,' a spokesman said. The nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson was commissioned in 1982, and, at 332 metres long, is one of the largest in the US fleet. For decades carrier strike groups have been the ultimate symbol of US military primacy in East Asia - and regular visitors to Hong Kong since the 1960s. The USS Carl Vinson last visited Hong Kong in 2003. Another carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, was expected to visit Hong Kong in the spring. However, it has been redeployed to Japan for a humanitarian mission after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. US officials said bin Laden's corpse was 'eased' into the Arabian Sea after a ceremony in which a military officer read prepared religious remarks.