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"USS Gerald Ford" aircraft carrier anchors in Souda

Featured "USS Gerald Ford" aircraft carrier anchors in Souda

The first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrived in Souda Bay, Crete, for a scheduled port visit on Tuesday Dec. 26, 2023.

The air carrier has also visited Souda on 2 December 2023.

Displacing about 100,000 tons when fully loaded, the Nimitz-class carrier "USS Gerald Ford"  can steam in excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph), cruise without resupply for 90 days, and launch aircraft to strike targets hundreds of miles away.[

USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied and partner interests.

NSA Souda Bay is an operational ashore installation which enables and supports U.S., Allied, Coalition, and Partner nation forces to preserve security and stability in the European, African, and Central Command areas of responsibility.