The United States Navy destroyer "Noa" visited Dar es Salaam harbour last week (8 & 9 October), becoming the first U.
The United States Navy destroyer "Noa" visited Dar es Salaam harbour last week (8 & 9 October), becoming the first U.S. Government vessel to visit Tanzania since the coast guard ice-breaker "Southwind" was there in April 1969.
U.S.S. Noa, which belongs to the U.S. Navy's Middle East force, sailed for the Seychelles on Monday (11 October). Sports events were arranged between teams from the crew of more than 270 officers and men and the Tanzanian armed forces. The destroyer recovered the American Mercury Astronaut John Glenn from his Pacific splashdown after orbiting the earth three times in 1962.
SYNOPSIS: Dar Es Salaam harbour hosted the United States Navy destroyer "Noa" last week. It was the first visit to Tanzania by an American Navy vessel since the coast guard ice-breaker "Southwind" called there in 1969.
Sports events between the "Noa's" 270 officers and men and teams from the Tanzanian armed forces were arranged during the ship's visit. The "Noa" is part of the United States Navy's Middle East force, and was scheduled to sail for the Seychelles on Monday.
Among the destroyer's achievements was the recovery of the Mercury Astronaut John Glenn when he splashed down in the Pacific after orbiting the earth three times in 1962.
Although the destroyer was launched in 1945, she has undergone extensive modernisation programmes, and now carries a sophisticated anti-submarine weapon system. "Noa" also has facilities for the DASH system--the special anti-submarine helicopters used extensively by the United States Navy.