TEL AVIV (Mar. 20)
More than 12,000 officers and sailors of the U.S. Sixth Fleet will enjoy shore leave in Israel next week after seeing action in the Persian Gulf war.
Five ships, fresh from the war zone, are due in Haifa to give their crews five days of rest and relaxation while they undergo repairs and maintenance at Israel Shipyards on Haifa Bay.
The visitors are the helicopter carriers Nassau and Guam and the landing craft Portland, Pensacola and Lamour County.
All but the Guam, which has too deep a draft, will enter the Haifa shipyard, providing much-needed business for Israel’s only deep-sea shipbuilding and repair facility.
Meanwhile, the Haifa municipality and various volunteer organizations are arranging to entertain the American sailors.