Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived at Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit March 29, 2015.
This port visit serves to enhance U.S.-Israeli relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous region.
“Laboon is excited for our upcoming port visit to Israel. This visit will allow us an opportunity to meet with our allies and provide our crew with a unique experience to see the historic sites in Isreal. We are looking forward to working together with the Israeli people to strengthen our partnership and build capacity and capabilities in the Mediterranean.”
– CDR Christopher M. McCallum, USS LABOON (DDG 58) commanding officer
“The Officers and Sailors onboard LABOON are honestly one of the most professional groups I have ever known and very excited to visit Haifa, Israel. It is comforting to know that our allies welcome us into their country to learn about their culture, experience new and exciting cuisines, and take in all the history that Israel has to offer while supporting our allies in promoting stability in the East Mediterranean.”
– CMDCM James Roberts, USS Laboon (DDG 58) command master chief
- The Interaction between Sailors and their Israeli counterparts will help build a common knowledge of maritime tactics, professionalism, cultural understanding and trust.
- This visit will help strengthen the relationships between our nations.
- Laboon and Ross Sailors will have an opportunity to engage with their Israeli counterparts and meet with the people of Haifa, and experience the rich history and culture of Israel.
- This is Ross’ first major port visit since beginning its second FDNF patrol. Ross last visited Haifa in September 2014, along with USS Cole (DDG 67).
- The past year has seen several ships visit Haifa including, Laboon, Ross, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Ramage (DDG 61).
- Laboon, homeported in Norfolk, arrived in U.S. 6th Fleet Feb. 17. Ross is the second of four guided-missile destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain.
- Laboon and Ross are conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests 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 interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.