By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough, Carrier Strike Group Eight Public Affairs
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit Oct. 25.
Haifa is a large seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline. The city is a major regional center of Northern Israel and is home to the Baha’i World Centre and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This visit reaffirms cooperation efforts between partner nations and helps to establish conditions for security and stability in the region.
During the visit, Arleigh Burke Sailors will have the opportunity to take several Morale, Welfare, and Recreation tours, visit local attractions such as Jerusalem, Nazareth, and the Dead Sea, and experience the robust culture of Israel.
“We’re so honored to be hosted in this beautiful country and we look forward to exploring during our time in Israel,” said Cmdr. Errol Robinson, Commanding Officer of Arleigh Burke. “Visits such as these solidify working relations and partnerships among the United States, our allies, and partners.”
Arleigh Burke, homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
Arleigh Burke is part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group which departed Norfolk Aug. 28 for a scheduled deployment to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation efforts and forward naval presence in the U.S. 2nd Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations.