The impressive USS Porter is visiting Ireland on a four-day goodwill visit as part of mission to foster good relations and co-operation with European navies.
Currently down in Cobh, County Cork the crew will undertake tours and cultural exchanges in and around Cork.
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USS Porter is an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer built in Mississippi and was commissioned as the 28th vessel in its class. Boasting a crew of 280, the ship is capable of 30 knots. It is equipped with two helicopter with its primary armament being Tomahawk cruise missiles.
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The destroyer can also launch Harpoon anti-ship and anti-armour missiles. Its air defence system revolves around the powerful AN/SPY radar and a battery of missiles and 54mm and 25mm guns.
The destroyer is based in southern Spain and normally undertakes a four month deployment in either the North Atlantic or the Mediterranean.
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Interestingly, this is not the first time the US Navy has had a USS Porter visit Ireland. In 1918 a vessel by the same name also paid a visit, though circumstances were a little different then given it was at the height of the first world war.