US Aircraft Carrier Visits Palma de Mallorca
Around 6,000 US Military personnel will be taking some well earned shore leave in Palma this week as two mighty naval ships – The USS
Harry S Truman, and aircraft carrier and the cruiser San Jacinto – visit the city.
It's been two years since the fleet last visited and the port and city authorities are certainly looking forward to welcoming the sailors and airmen of the crews to the island. It's been calculated
that each able bodied man and woman from the ships will spend around €120 a day in the island's bars, restaurants, shops, transport and so on, which adds up to around €3.6 million for the five day
visit from the 3rd to 7th April!
The Truman – motto Give 'em Hell – is a nuclear powered Nimitz class carrier which was commissioned in 1998 and is regarded by its crew as 'the finest aircraft carrier in the Fleet!'
It, and I quote, 'provides a wide range of flexible mission capabilities, to include maritime security operations, expeditionary power projection, forward naval presence, crisis response, sea
control, deterrence, counter-terrorism, information operations, security cooperation and counter-proliferation. The ship's embarked air wing is capable of projecting tactical air power over the sea
and inland, as well as providing sea-based air, surface and subsurface defence capabilities.' In other words, it gives 'em Hell!
So, if you're in Palma this week, try not to get involved in any naughtiness or you just may find yourself the subject of an airborne tactical strike! On a more tranquil note, around 51 normal
cruisers will be bringing tens of thousands of happy holidaymakers to Palma in the month of April. Have a great time in the city if you're one of them.