Portsmouth plays host to two US warships

USS Vicksburg and Mount Whitney will spend the weekend in Portsmouth to give their crews some much-needed rest

Two US warships will be in Portsmouth this weekend to allow their crews some rest and relaxation after taking part in training exercises in the Baltic.

USS Vicksburg, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, arrived on Thursday and is due to be joined today by the command ship, Mount Whitney.

USS Vicksburg is capable of carrying Tomahawk, Harpoon and anti-submarine missiles, has two 4.5-inch guns, and carries two helicopters. She has a top speed of more than 30 knots and cost a massive $1 billion to build.

During a visit to Lithuania earlier this month, the USS Vicksburg’s crew of 400 assisted with community projects ashore. These included cleaning 5km of beachfront near Klaipeda, digging out 15 beach accesses, clearing playgrounds and removing cement debris.