Thursday 29 January 2015

US naval ship to make port visit to Cork at weekend

Published 09/04/2014 | 17:27

Starboard side view of the US Navy (USN) TICONDEROGA CLASS: Guided Missile Cruiser (AEGIS) USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) as the crew holds morning quarters on deck while underway in the Arabian Sea in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

THE guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf will arrive in Cork this week for a port visit.

The US navy ship - named after the WWII battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific, will arrive in Cobh this Sunday.

The US Embassy in Dublin announced the visit earlier today.

Embassy officials say the port visit is "designed to continue Naval Forces Europe-Africa’s efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships with European nations in order to enhance regional stability".

While in Cobh, the ship will host a reception for government and military officials and give the opportunity for the crew to visit the city.

Irish Independent

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