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Haifa Red Carpet for U.S. Submariners

Haifa unrolled its red carpet today for the officers and crews of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine Lapon and the missile-carrying destroyer Aylwin, units of the Sixth Fleet which arrived there on a good-will visit as guests of the Israel Navy. Mayor Yeruham Zeisel of Haifa presented the municipality’s Gold Pin to Commander Tom Murray of the Lapon and Commander Jim McCormick, skipper of the Aylwin.

The combined complements of the two ships, totalling 390 officers and crew, began tours of the country accompanied by Israeli naval personnel. The Lapon, which arrived from La Spezia, Italy, will remain in Haifa four days. The Aylwin, which came directly from Alexandria, Egypt, for the first time, will stay six days.