USS New York Hosts U.S., Israeli Leaders

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan B. Trejo, America’s Navy

150104-N-WS581-002 HAIFA, Israel (Jan. 4, 2015) Sailors aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) prepare to get the ship underway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew J. Sneeringer/Released)

150104-N-WS581-002 HAIFA, Israel (Jan. 4, 2015) Sailors aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) prepare to get the ship underway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew J. Sneeringer/Released)

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) — Vice Adm. James Foggo, U.S. 6th Fleet commander, visited the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) for a distinguished-visitor tour with the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and members of the Israel Defense Force Jan. 4.

Capt. Christopher W. Brunett, a native of Buffalo, New York, and New York commanding officer, hosted the visit for Foggo, which consisted of a comprehensive tour of the ship, as well as some historical background information of the vessel – including the four ships that previously carried the name USS New York.

“It was an honor to have Ambassador Shapiro, Adm. Foggo and the Israel Defense Force delegation on board. It was a great opportunity to build trust, strengthen ties with our allies and demonstrate the outstanding capabilities of our blue/green team.” – Capt. Christopher W. Brunett, USS New York commanding officer.

“This is my first stop at sea as the new 6th Fleet commander and I can’t think of a better platform to bring to Israel than USS New York. The ship is spectacular; it’s not only squeaky clean, but it is a great demonstration for our partners and allies that demonstrates the power of amphibious warfare. So thank you to the Sailors and Marines who made my visit possible today.”

“The U.S. 6th fleet area of operations spreads from the North Pole down to Africa and from 45 West all the way up to the Black Sea. It’s an incredible job and an incredible responsibility, and I couldn’t do it without these great Sailors and Marines.” -Vice Adm. James Foggo, U.S. 6th Fleet commander

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