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Israel' s Haifa harbor continues to be the favorite port of call for the US Navy' s Sixth Fleet, accounting for roughly 50 percent of all visits in the Eastern Mediterranean. An average of 20 US warships, including aircraft carriers, visit the port each year, many to utilize the harbor's excellent and unique repair and servicing facilities.

Sixth Fleet ports of call are also located throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Ship visits ensure continued access to essential bases and infrastructure. Engagement capitalizes on naval strengths of mobility and sustainability, using the inherent prestige of U.S. flagged warships. Formative engagement is further enhanced by incorporating the full range of naval assets -- including Seabees, the chaplaincy, the Judge Advocate General corps, and civil affairs units -- during port visits.

Haifa harbor is defined and protected by two breakwaters. The main breakwater on the north is 9,326 ft long and the lee side breakwater on the east extends some 2525 ft offshore. The main breakwater extends approximately 2600 ft beyond the entrance. The entrance between the two breakwaters is 604 ft wide and is about 40 ft deep. Vessels with draft to 34 ft can be accommodated in Haifa harbor.

Kishon harbor is located about 5280 ft east of the entrance to the main harbor. Kishon harbor consists of an outer harbor basin about 1980 ft formed by two breakwaters and a main channel about 3449 ft long. The entrance to kishon harbor is 231 ft wide and the harbor can accommodate vessels with drafts to 27 ft. Vessels with drafts of 45 ft can be accommodated at the container and bulk terminal located between the two harbors.

The anchorage area is seaward of the main breakwater. The bottom is composed of a relatively thin layer of fine sand (less than 2 ft) over soft clay. Holding quality is good. Note: in March 1985, a Navy vessel ran aground in Haifa harbor. This ship's captain cautions that a sandbar exists in the harbor and may shift over a period of time. Check latest charts, notice to mariners, and proceed with caution.

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