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“strengthen relations with Israel”: U.S aircraft carrier docks in Eilat

USS Bonhomme Richard docks for the first time on Israeli port carrying a variety military aircraft ‘to work together with our partners.’


USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) American milittary aircraft carrier docked at the Eilat Photo: Roi Ritter


In an effort to “strengthen relations between Israel and the US” American aircraft carrier, the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), docked at the Eilat port on Thursday morning.

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It is the first visit by the mammoth helicopter carrier to Israel, and in the area is part of the US’s re-deployment of its military in the region.

The arrival of the Bonhomme Richard in Eilat after two months of sailing at sea is to mark that “the two states are working together for the sake of regional stability and security.”


USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) American milittary aircraft carrier docked at the Eilat Photo: Roi Ritter

The commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Colonel Joseph R. Clearfield said: “We came to work together with our partners, and our strength is the best amphibious task force in the world.”

Aboard the carrier a variety military aircraft, including helicopters and Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey military aircraft, capable of vertical propeller rotation, enabling it to land and take off on the spot.

Another military aircraft on board was the single-engine ground-attack aircraft AV-8B Harrier, also capable of landing and taking off without a runway.

Israel had another important visit in July. For the first time in 17 years, the USS George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier has arrived in Haifa. Being too large to dock at the port itself the carrier anchored off the coast of Israel about 4 km from the breakwater of the port of Haifa.


By Ynet News



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