USS Kearsarge docks in Helsinki: more than 2.5 football fields long

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The 257-meter amphibious assault ship is moored in Helsinki’s Hernesaari harbor until Monday.

The USS Kearsarge will dock in Helsinki until Monday. Image: Susanna Pesonen / Yle

The US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge has arrived for his port visit in the port of Hernesaari in the south of Helsinki.

According to a press release from the Finnish Navy, no public visits or presentations have been arranged for the ship. However, for those curious, it can be viewed from Hernesaari Island.

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Image: Susanna Pesonen / Yle

The USS Kearsarge is a 257 meters Waspclass amphibious assault ship. It is larger than the typical cruise ships and ferries that often dock in Helsinki. the MS Silja Symphony, which sails between Helsinki and Stockholm, is 203 meters long. The recently baptized MS Viking Glory is 223 meters long.

Image: Susanna Pesonen / Yle

In addition to the crew of the USS Kearsarge, another 2,000 American seamen and Marines. As part of the ship’s role in amphibious assault operations, it carries V-22 Osprey aircraft, helicopters and smaller landing craft on board.

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Yhdysvaltain laivaston maihinnousutukialus USS Kearsarge Helsingin Hernesaaressa. Image: Susanna Pesonen / Yle

The enormous warship of 257 meters long is still in Helsinki until Monday. After that, it will move to the Hanko area to train with the Finnish Navy. The USS Arlington, USS Gunston Halland several units of the United States Marine Corps will also join the USS Kearsarge in the Baltic Sea exercises with Finland.

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Image: Susanna Pesonen / Yle

According to the Finnish Navy press release, the aim of the exercises is to develop cooperation and compatibility between the navies and marines of the US and Finland. Finland is also striving to strengthen its capacity to provide host country support.

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