Bin Laden death ship docks in Aussie port
Mon April 23, 2012 4:03pm
SUPERCARRIER which took Osama Bin Laden's body out to sea to sail into Australia as sailors set for some R&R.
US sailors will have the chance to experience Anzac Day with the planned arrival of the USS Carl Vinson, a navy supercarrier and cruiser tonight.
The ship is expected to stay in Fremantle for about two days.
The sailors, fresh from exercises with the Indian Navy, will arrive overnight in Gage Roads sea channel, just off Fremantle port, aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, and guided missile cruiser, the USS Bunker Hill.
The two ships, in addition to Carrier Air Wing 17, and Destroyer Squadron One, make up Carrier Strike Group One.
The nuclear-powered Nimitz-class carrier USS Carl Vinson is named after former US congressman and chairman of the House Naval Affairs and Armed Services Committee, Carl Vinson. The ship’s motto is the Latin phrase “Vis Per Mare” meaning strength from the sea.
In May last year, the ship took Osama bin Laden’s body after his capture before burying him in the North Arabian sea.
Admiral Shannon said he was looking forward to visiting Australia.
“We share a remarkable history alliance with Australia that has forged strong ties between our navies,” he said.
“We have heard so many great things about Australia and the celebrations associated with Anzac Day.”
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