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Jason Dunham Departs Haifa

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120904-08

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deven King, USS Jason Dunham Public Affairs

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) departed Haifa, Israel, for the second time on her maiden deployment following a scheduled four-day port visit, Sept. 3.

The crew's first visit to Haifa was during exercise Reliant Mermaid 2012 with the Israeli naval force, but this time, Sailors welcomed some rest and relaxation, and the chance to take part in tours sponsored by Jason Dunham's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program.

Tours included a trip to the Dead Sea and the ancient Jewish fort of Masada as well as a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem.

"Masada was fascinating," said Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Kaitlyn Roberts. "It was a surreal experience being able to float without trying. It really relaxed everyone because the bus ride back was very quiet."

Sailors said Jason Dunham's MWR committee did an excellent job organizing the tours for the port visit.

"It's great MWR can organize and chip in on these tours for us. You get to experience stuff without having to do all the work and spend all the money yourself. I try to do at least one tour every port. It's a great way to see other places and cultures, which is one of the benefits of being in the Navy," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mandy Broderick.

Jason Dunham is on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

Jason Dunham is deployed as part of Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which includes CSG 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN69), guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), guided-missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), the seven squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, and Destroyer Squadron 28.


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