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May 14, 2013 9:34 am

U.S. Naval Carrier Makes Rare Stop in Eilat

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The USS Kearsarge. Photo: Wikipedia.

A U.S. naval carrier is making a rare visit to Eilat.

The USS Kearsarge arrived in the city’s port on Tuesday, the first time a U.S. naval ship has docked there in 14 years. European ships often visit the port but such visits by U.S. ships are few-and-far-between.

Haaretz reported that the ship brings with it 4,000 sailors, along with helicopters and other equipment. The carrier will stay there until Saturday. The Israeli navy will host the American sailors, and has planned organized tours throughout the country.

The Navy News service wrote on its website: “While in port, the officers, Sailors and Marines will meet with local officials, participate in community engagement projects and experience the rich history and culture of the region.

“This visit is not associated with, nor a reaction to, any world events.”

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  • jerry hersch

    The Kearsage is classified as an Amphibious Assault Ship with usually 1800 crew and 2000 marines.
    Normally about 25 helicopters and a dozen short take off or vertical lift jets.
    The class (we have half a dozen afloat) is unique in that its rear allows for the deployment of landing craft-it carrys 3 air cushion landing craft.
    The Aircraft Carrier Eisenhower is still in the North Arabian Sea. The Carrier Truman left Norfolk today.The Carrier George H W Bush left Norfolk yesterday.

    • jerry hersch

      The Kearsage can be classified as a tactical weapon not a strategic one.Certainly no threat to Iran nor to Syria…and Eilat would be beyond its range for helicopter use.