USS Carney Commander Peter Halvorsen (2nd from left) gives a tour of the ship to Major General Ralph Groover, Rear Admiral Ehab Sobhy, Commander Hisham Zaher, and DCM Dorothy Shea – Press Photo
CAIRO – 18 January 2018: On Thursday, the port of Alexandria received the U.S. Navy ships: USS Carney (DDG 64) and USNS Carson City (T-EPF-7). This reception is a clear example of the successful naval cooperation between the two countries.
Besides having some time off in Egypt, the crew of the U.S. Navy welcomed Egyptians on board for a short tour on the first class U.S. navy guided missile destroyer.
“While the visit of Carney and Carson City to this beautiful Egyptian port is noteworthy in itself, the port visit is a reflection of something much more significant: the importance of the strategic partnership between our countries, between our militaries and between our navies,” Deputy Chief of Mission Dorothy Shea stated.
Egypt hosted the U.S. biennial military exercise, called "The Bright Star 2017" at the recently inaugurated Mohamed Naguib military base, between September 10 and 20, 2017.
Joint military exercises have taken place since 1980. The most recent military exercise is the first one since the ousting of ex-President Muhammed Hosni Mubarak after a short hiatus in 2014 ordered by the former American President Barack Obama.
Around 200 U.S. troops are expected to take part in the military exercises, which are aimed at strengthening military cooperation between Egypt and the U.S. as Egypt serves a vital role in preserving regional security and stability.
The new military base includes 1,155 vital facilities, 72 training areas, a major conference hall, a large number of shooting ranges, and residences for the officers, along with 50 solar modules and a tank-transporting container of about 451 modern tankers.