WATCH: IDF officers visit US aircraft carrier in Mediterranean

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.

During the visit, the officers observed air and sea operations and learned about the activities of fighter pilots and the naval task force on the aircraft carrier.

עוצמה בכלים! תצוגה מרשימה של יכולות ושיתוף פעולה צבאי בין ארה”ב וישראל בזמן ביקור קציני צה”ל – צבא ההגנה לישראל, על סיפונה של נושאת המטוסים תיאודור רוזבלט בים התיכון. מרשים! Super Carrier! An impressive display of capabilities and U.S. – Israel military cooperation during a visit of Israel Defense Forces officers on board USS Theodore Roosevelt last week. Truly impressive!U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth FleetU.S. European Command (EUCOM)

Posted by U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The visit included a closer look at takeoff and landing routes on deck, a display of aerial refueling, search and rescue, aircraft hangars, command and control centers, the ship’s bridge and the control tower.

The purpose of the visit was to demonstrate the capabilities and firepower of the aircraft carrier and its task force as well as deepen cooperation and operational coordination between the US army and the IDF.

IDF officers visit USS Theodor Roosevelt.

The IDF officers were hosted by the ship’s captain, Captain Daniel Grieco, and the commander of the naval task force Admiral Andrew Lewis

The USS Theodor Roosevelt was launched in 1984 and saw its first action during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The Roosevelt, known as the “Big Stick” within the navy, is the Navy’s fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The carrier’s radio call sign is Rough Rider – the name of President Theodor Roosevelt’s volunteer cavalry unit during the Spanish-American War.


Photos & video-clip courtesy of U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel

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