U.S. anti-missile ship arrives in Israel

San Jacinto
USS San Jacinto (US NAVY/File)

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Feb 7, 2008 (WORLD TRIBUNE) — The USS San Jacinto has arrived in the Israeli port of Haifa as part of U.S.-Israel naval cooperation. San Jacinto contains the Aegis missile defense system, designed to intercept medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles developed by Iran and North Korea. Full Report