Nimitz class carrier USS George H. W. Bush has arrived in Haifa, Israel to enhance US-Israel relations.
The US Navy say that the visit comes as the two nations ‘reaffirm their continued commitment to the collective security of the European and Middle East Regions’. They go on to say in a release:
“Bush’s arrival symbolizes the steadfast cooperation between the Israeli Defense Force and the U.S. Armed Forces, a relationship based on shared values and common interests.”
Adm. Michelle J. Howard, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa said:
“The United States has had long standing military to military engagements with Israel.
The George Herbert Walker Bush is a strategic asset. Her mobility coupled with her capabilities means she can project power anywhere around the globe. In this visit to Israel, GHWB’s might is a metaphor for the strength of the bonds between our countries. I’d like to thank the Israeli people for hosting us and for taking care of our Sailors.”
The arrival marked the first time a US aircraft carrier visited an Israeli port since USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in April 2000.
The vessels operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea are part of the US Navy capability to conduct strikes on Islamic State targets from multiple theatres, highlighting what they say is the ‘flexibility of the globally deployed force’.
The supercarrier is 333 meters long and capable of supporting upwards of 5,000 personnel, including ship’s company, the carrier air wing, and embarked staff.