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US military returns to Iceland

By Iceland Review

The USS WASP, a 40,000-ton US navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship, pulled a shore in Reykjavík harbor yesterday.

“The purpose of this visit is to show support,” Lt. Commander George Segal told icelandreview.com. Phil Kosnett, of the US Embassy in Iceland, added that the visit is in junction with the agreement between the two countries, signed last Wednesday in Washington.

Lt. Commander Segal said Icelanders could expect more visits in the future to show that the US military will protect the country even in the absence of a military base.

The USS WASP will be anchored in Iceland for four days. “We are glad to be here, we have heard fantastic things about Iceland,” said Captain Michael D. Hawley.

While the 1,300-strong crew visits Reykjavík and bathes in the hot springs, Icelandic officials will have a chance to tour the ship. The Icelandic coast guard and police will have the opportunity to participate in military exercises.

To watch a slide show of the USS WASP, click here.

To read about the new defense agreement, click here.

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