The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush arrived here Tuesday for a scheduled recreational port visit.

Bahrain is the first Middle East port visit for the more than 5,000 sailors aboard the Norfolk, Va.-based carrier, in its third month of a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.

“The port visit will give sailors and Marines the opportunity for some much-deserved time off the ship and allow them to experience all that Bahrain has to offer,” said Lt. Joe Hontz, U.S. 5th Fleet spokesman. The crew’s last port visit, in Antalya, Turkey, was over a month ago. […]