A reception was given Tuesday on the USS Harry S. Truman, a 100,000 tonne U.S. Navy vessel with a carrying capacity of 85 planes and about 20 helicopters, anchored in the Brac Channel, and those present underscored the importance of the partnership between the Croatian Navy and the U.S. Navy within NATO.
Rear Admiral Bret C. Batchelder, Carrier Strike Group Commander, stressed it was important for American sailors to get acquainted with Croatian culture and the history of the coastal city of Split and Croatia and share that experience with other members of the U.S. Navy.
USS Harry Truman commander, Captain Ryan B. Sholl, said the ship represented not only the U.S. Navy, but the U.S. government as well.
The event was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Julieta Valls Noyes, who said Croatia had confirmed its commitment to Western values and contribution to global peace missions.
The USS Harry S. Truman is part of the US 6th Fleet, based in Naples, Italy, which runs and participates in a number of joint naval operations with allies and partners contributing to security and stability in Europe and Africa.
This Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is 333 metres long, 41 metres wide and has a 12-metre draft. It has a crew of 4,922, including 487 officers.
The vessel has been in operation since 1996. It is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the size of three football fields.
The USS Harry S. Truman and other Nimitz-class aircraft carriers have two Westinghouse nuclear reactors that enable them to develop a speed of slightly more than 30 knots (about 56 kmph).
In 2006 the Split port was visited by the USS Enterprise, in 1979 it was visited by the USS America and in 1976 by the USS Saratoga.