By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan B. Trejo
HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) arrived in Haifa, Israel for a scheduled port visit Dec.31, 2014.
While in port, the ship's Sailors and Marines have the opportunity to visit some local sights, experience the culture, and interact with the people of Haifa. Sailors and Marines will also have the opportunity to choose from various tours provided by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).
"We have been presented with an excellent opportunity for the Sailors and Marines on board USS New York to enjoy liberty and embrace a culture few Americans get to witness first-hand. Additionally, we will be hosting several tours on board for personnel of the U.S. Embassy, which gives us a chance to share our ship's heritage and meaning. We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the New Year with the citizens of Haifa, Israel." - Capt. Christopher Brunett, commanding officer, USS New York.
This is the first port visit for New York during its routine deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation. The ship departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Dec. 11 and spent the past 20 days crossing the Atlantic Ocean, transiting through the Strait of Gibraltar and crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
USS New York, deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group/24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (IWO ARG/24MEU), is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
Along with USS New York, the Iwo Jima ARG/24 MEU is comprised of embarked Marines from the 24th MEU, the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.