Russian warship docked in Haifa, US aircraft carrier in Eilat Port

Over 250 meters long, staffed with over 1,000 crewmen, the American carrier, the USS Kearsarge will remain in Israeli dock for several days.

By Yoav ZItun


The USS Kearsarge, an American Navy aircraft carrier, has docked on Tuesday morning in Eilat‘s port and will remain there for the next few days as part of the Navy’s routine operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf.

הספינה אמריקנית בנמל אילת, הבוקר (צילום: מאיר אוחיון)

The American warship docked in Eilat Port – Photo: Meir Ohayon


In addition to combat jets, the ship also carries several V-22 Ospreys aircraft, which can take off and land like helicopters and fly at a cargo plane’s velocity.

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The ship’s length is 257 meters and it is services by more than 1,000 crewmen, and can ship another 1,893 marines.

(צילום: מאיר אוחיון)

The USS Kearsarge – Photo: Meir Ohayon

According to the IDF , the ship’s docking was prearranged and no joint drills are planned between it and IDF forces.


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  1. Ike says:

    The USS Kearsarge is a WASP ambhibious assault ship with 1893 marines, not an aircraft carrier, although it has Harriers and V-22 Ospreys and helicopters. It is part of a fleet with the USS Carter Hall with 504 marines and the USS San Antonio with 800 marines. None is an aircraft carrier. It is the first time in 14 years that carriers like this visit Eliat. When they’re in Eliat, about 3200 marines easily drive through Jordan to the Syrian border. Before they went to join the 5th fleet they trained together with landings. Sure it was prearranged, but I doubt they will only go for a holiday in Eliat. These ships are also full of vehicles to land and drive, even some M1 tanks. The aircraft carriers have a lot more planes and not so many marines as this USS Kearsarge assault ship.

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