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U.S. Submarine Makes Historic Visit to Jordan

USS Kamehameha (SSN-642) recently became the first U.S. Navy submarine to visit Jordan while participating in a joint U.S.-Jordan Special Forces operations exercise in the Red Sea. His Majesty King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein of Jordan and other dignitaries visited Kamehameha while she was pierside in Aqaba.

"The ability to show what we can do and the type of missions we perform - which are not widely known - gives us a great deal of satisfaction," said CDR Derek Hesse, Kamehameha's commanding officer. "It's something we do day-in and day-out, and my men work tremendously hard to make it happen. So, whenever we get an opportunity to show off, it is very exciting to us."

The crew manned the rails while the American Ambassador to Jordan, William Burns, and CDR Hesse received the king. His Majesty was given a tour of the submarine from end to end, meeting and shaking hands of crewmembers along the way.

"It's not every day that you get to meet a king," said ET3 Curtis McIntire from Corsicana, Texas. "He's going to see the way we live, the way work, and get a better understanding of what we are all about."

"I think the bond between our military forces is growing stronger and this visit is something that helps pave the way for further visits and cooperation between the American armed forces and the Jordanians," said CDR Hesse. "We have worked with the Jordanian armed forces for many years and we both want to further and strengthen those relations."

Kamehameha returns home after her historic deployment
CDR and King
CDR escorts His Majesty King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein on a tour of Kamehameha
Kamehameha entering the port of Aqaba, Jordan
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