Retired American and Israeli defense & intelligence officials have raised security concerns over the upcoming Chinese management of the Port of Haifa beginning in 2021, as it might jeopardize U.S. Naval operations there.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Haifa, the nation’s largest port city, regularly hosts joint US-Israeli naval drills and visits from American vessels. But a 2015 agreement between Israel’s Transportation Ministry and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – a company in which the Chinese government has a majority stake – has raised intelligence and security concerns that are only now prompting an interagency review. Continue Reading »
As part of the US’s re-deployment of its military in the region, the USS Bonhomme Richard docks for the first time at the Israeli port, with its flight-deck loaded with Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and AV-8B Harriers “to work together with our partners.”
By Itay Blumenthal
An American aircraft carrier docked at the Eilat port on Thursday morning after two months of sailing at sea.
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) – Photo- U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist seaman Vance Hand
The arrival of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in the area is part of the US’s re-deployment of its military in the region. Continue Reading »
America’s supercarrier USS George H.W. Bush, the world’s largest warship anchors 2.5 miles west of Haifa harbor due to its size.
• GHWB’s crew will have dozens of buses to tour the country and will celebrate their Independence Day in Israel on July 4.
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
The largest and most sophisticated aircraft carrier in the American Navy, the USS George H.W. Bush, docked in the vicinity of Haifa Port on Saturday morning.
The Nimitz-class carrier comes with a payload of 90 aircraft, including fighter jets, a spy plane, attack and rescue helicopters, and a V-22 Osprey aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Continue Reading »
The USS George H.W. Bush nuclear aircraft carrier will be anchored off Haifa port for the first time in 17 years, as the ship takes part in air operations against ISIS.
– The ship’s personnel will be provided with dozens of buses to tour Haifa and other parts of Israel.
By Ahiya Ravad and TPS
The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier will dock in Haifa Bay for the first time in 17 years as it heads back to the Syrian coast to take part in the air campaign against ISIS, the United States Navy said.
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USS George H.W.
7 senior IDF officers, led by Chief of Operations Maj-Gen Yoav Har-Even, toured the USS Theodor Roosevelt off Sicily’s coast in order to learn & deepen cooperation with US Navy.
By Yoav Zitun
Seven Israeli IDF officers were given a special tour of the USS Theodor Roosevelt (CVN-71), a four-acre long aircraft carrier, while it was stationed of the coast of Sicily.
IDF officers pose for picture with US Navy personnel.
The group of officers, led by Chief of Operations Major General Yoav Har-Even, visited the US aircraft carrier last week in order to observe and hold discussions with the US Navy. Continue Reading »
US, Israeli & Greek warships begin a 2-week joint naval exercise codenamed “Noble Dina” on Thursday, the Israeli military reported.
By Maayana Miskin
Israeli, Greek and US warships began a joint two-week Mediterranean naval exercise on Thursday, IDF spokespeople revealed. The exercise has been codenamed “Noble Dina.”
The drill will test a variety of skills, including navigation, search and rescue, fast response to naval crisis situations, medical evacuation and more.
According to AFP, there are reports that the exercise was designed in part to practice defending offshore gas rigs. In recent years Israel has discovered huge gas fields off the Mediterranean shore. Continue Reading »
Ahead of possible strike on Iran, the US reportedly mulls purchasing Rafael’s remote-controlled robotic boats after successful test off Maryland coast
By Udi Etzion
Israeli unmanned robotic boats may be used by the US Military in a potential naval confrontation with Iran, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
Israeli navy drill – Photo: Israel Navy facebook page
Recent reports revealed that the Iranian military had recently purchased numerous small vessels and manned each of them with Revolutionary Guard officers. The vessels are meant to either block or attack any American aircraft carrier making its way to the Strait of Hormuz. Continue Reading »