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Aircraft carrier to celebrate Canada Day in Halifax

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, a titan of the U.S. Navy is heading north to take part in this weekend's Canada Day festivities in Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to a story from The National Press.

In honor of the 150th Canada Day, the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower will arrive in Halifax Wednesday afternoon and stay through July 1. On Tuesday, several Canadian journalists and politicians were airlifted to the ship for an expansive tour and airshow, according to the National Press.

"This is an acknowledgment of our respect and our celebration with you for Canada 150," said Rear Adm. Jim Malloy.

The port visit will mark the first time that an American aircraft carrier has stopped in Halifax in nearly 20 years.

The carrier George Washington pulled into the Canadian port in August 1999, though its departure was not under the best circumstances. While there, a sailor fell overboard — his body was never found. 

Before returning to Norfolk in December, the Nimitz-class carrier spent the second half of 2016 contributing to Operation Inherent Resolve in the Navy's 6th fleet of operations.

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