This weekend, the American supercarrier USS George W. Bush docked in the Israeli port of Haifa for a four days. The Times of Israel reports on the historic visit to the Jewish state by the allied warship, including Fourth of July festivities and an expected drop-in by PM Netanyahu:
The USS George H.W. Bush, docked outside Israel’s Haifa port Saturday, the first such visit in 17 years.
The Nimitz-class aircraft supercarrier left its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia on January 21 and has been in the region since February as a base for airstrikes against the Islamic State group. It operates mainly in the Persian Gulf.
Commissioned in 2009, the 333m-long nuclear-powered ship can carry a crew of over 5,000 people, as well as around 90 fighter jets and helicopters. It is considered the world’s largest aircraft carrier and largest warship overall...
According to Channel 10, the crew of the George H.W. Bush will tour Israel in the coming days and celebrate American Independence Day in the Jewish state on July 4.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman will visit the ship on Monday, along with Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav.