The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit, July 1, to enhance U.S.-Israel relations as the two nations reaffirm their continued commitment to the collective security of the European and Middle East Regions.
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.
“The United States has had long standing military to military engagements with Israel,” said Adm. Michelle J. Howard, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. “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 U.S. aircraft carrier visited an Israeli port since USS Dwight D.Eisenhower (CVN 69) in April 2000.
Bush’s operations in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea demonstrate the capability to conduct precision strikes on ISIS targets from multiple theaters, highlighting the flexibility of the globally deployed force. Strengthening partnerships during port visits demonstrates our shared commitment to promoting security and stability throughout the region.
George H.W. Bush is 333 meters long and capable of supporting upwards of 5,000 personnel, including ship’s company, the carrier air wing, and embarked staff.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.