USS San Antonio Arrives in Israel for Port Visit


Story Number: NNS130904-04Release Date: 9/4/2013 10:38:00 AM
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From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) arrived in Haifa, Israel for a routine port visit, Sept. 4.

San Antonio's commanding officer, Capt. Randell Dykes, said this visit is a well-deserved break for Sailors and Marines, and for many is the first time they have visited Israel.

"If you've been here, you know what a great country Israel is," said Dykes. "I know our Sailors and Marines will have a great time. They certainly deserve it after all the hard work they've put in on this deployment."

While in Haifa, Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to explore the city and to experience the rich history and culture of Israel. Tours are being offered to the Sailors and Marines to historic locations while in port.

San Antonio is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Quartermaster 3rd Class Kenneth Jones takes a bearing  aboard transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) as the ship prepares to pulls into Haifa, Israel.
130904-N-GZ984-097 HAIFA, Israel (Sept. 4, 2013) Quartermaster 3rd Class Kenneth Jones takes a bearing aboard transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) as the ship prepares to pulls into Haifa, Israel. San Antonio is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Terah L. Mollise/Released)
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