US Navy re­turns to Ash­dod port

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - Ross

A US Navy war­ship has docked in the south­ern Is­raeli port of Ash­dod, the first such visit there in al­most 20 years, in what of­fi­cials from both sides hailed as a sign of their strong ties in the face of shared ad­ver­saries. For­eign navies gen­er­ally pre­fer north­ern Haifa as their Is­raeli port of call, so the ar­rival of de­stroyer USS at Ash­dod po­ten­tially sig­naled Wash­ing­ton’s in­ter­est in broad­ened berthing op­tions for its Mediter­ranean Sixth Fleet. Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and his wife toured the ship, shak­ing hands with of­fi­cers and sailors, and then took part in a cer­e­mony on­board.

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