The Algemeiner reports: JNS.org – The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier will dock in Israel’s Haifa Bay next month for the first time in 17 years ahead of participating in military air campaigns against the Islamic State.
The nuclear-powered warship has a crew of about 5,700 sailors and 80 fighter jets. While it is docked, sailors will be granted shore leave and provided with dozens of buses to tour Haifa and travel to other Israeli cities of their choosing. The visit is expected to be a boon to the local Israeli economy.
Haifa was a base for the US Sixth Fleet in the 1980s and 90s, but in 2000 when the Second Intifada occurred the US Navy pulled out. The US Embassy in Tel Aviv has not confirmed reports that the naval vessel will dock in Haifa for four days beginning July 1.
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