From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit July 26.
The port visit serves to enhance U.S.-Israeli relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous region.
"Most of my crew has never had the opportunity to visit Israel and they are extremely excited about exploring all of the historical sites and experiencing the local culture. We will also have several opportunities to interact with the Israeli Navy, enabling us to share our experiences and improve our integration for combined operations." - Cmdr. Blair Guy, USS Porter commanding officer
While in port, Sailors will have the opportunity to visit the local sights, experience the culture, and interact with the people of Israel.
U.S. and Israeli divers recently participated in the annual bilateral exercise Noble Melinda July 13-23, 2015.
The U.S. Navy routinely visits Haifa. USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Ross (DDG 71) made a port visit in March of this year.
Porter departed its homeport in Naval Station Rota, Spain, June 29, 2015, to conduct naval operations with partners and allies in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in 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 inter-agency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.