Watch: World's largest warship arrives in Israel for the first time in 17 years

The USS George H.W. Bush, the world's largest warship, docked outside Haifa's port Saturday morning, carrying 90 aircraft and 5,700 sailors. The US Navy aircraft carrier's arrival is a first in 17 years and has been deemed a symbol of the strong US-Israeli ties and military cooperation.
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For the first time in 17 years, a US Navy aircraft carrier has dropped its anchor at an Israeli port. On Saturday, the USS George H.W. Bush, the world’s largest and most modern warship, arrived in Haifa as part of the security cooperation between the IDF and the US military. The US Embassy commented on the ship’s arrival, stating it serves as a symbol of the cooperation between Israel and the US based on shared values and interests, as well as demonstrates the United States’ commitment to advancing security and stability in the region.

As part of the aircraft carrier's arrival, there will be visits by the commanders of the US Navy and Israeli Navy on both the beach and aboard the aircraft carrier. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit aboard the vessel alongside US Ambassador David Friedman.

Docked outside Haifa: A first in 17 years Photo Credit: US Navy/Channel 2 News

The commander of both the US Naval Forces in Europe and Africa, US Navy Admiral Michelle J. Howard, said that the aircraft carrier's visit to Israel is a strategic asset in the two countries’ military cooperation demonstrating its power throughout the world.

The giant vessel is manned by 5,700 sailors Photo Credit: US Navy/Channel 2 News

Hundreds of Israelis arrived Saturday morning to see the aircraft carrier up close. The huge vessel is staffed by almost 6,000 sailors and pilots and carries 90 different types of aircraft, including F18 fighter jets and V22 and CH53 helicopters.

USS George H.W. Bush: The largest and most modern warship in the world Photo Credit: Moomi Gabai, Port of Haifa Marine Department /Channel 2 News

During yesterday’s spectacle, two drones attempting to photograph the giant aircraft carrier were knocked down by the Americans using a device that disrupted the radio signal between the drones and their operators.

Sayid Katish, the Haifa Port company's navigator who guided the aircraft carrier to anchor, commented on the warship’s arrival and docking. "The wind was strong, about 20 knots, and such a ship is like a giant sail that is affected by the wind, especially at low speed, so its maneuverability is low," he explained. "We went quite far out of the bay and used the four aircraft carrier’s engines to maneuver between the anchored ships. Now it is anchored outside the port using only one anchor."

Dropping the giant anchor Photo Credit: US Navy/Channel 2 News

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You feel as if you're entering a small village, no less," Katish added. "At the bridge, I was received by the ship's captain and senior officers. As I said, this is a different and special experience, and I am glad that I had the privilege."

The warship carries 90 aircraft Photo Credit: Moomi Gabai, Port of Haifa Marine Department /Channel 2 News

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