Afghanistan president tours U.S. aircraft carrier

Other News Materials 13 December 2008 07:20 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai took his first tour of a U.S. aircraft carrier Thursday in the Gulf of Oman to understand U.S. Navy overseas operations, the Navy said Friday.

Video from the Department of Defense showed Karzai smiling as he got off a plane on the Nimitz-class USS Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday afternoon. He was formally welcomed to the ship by naval officers' salutes and music, CNN reported.

Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, head of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, gave Karzai a tour of the ship, showing him the aircraft hangers and the flight deck.

Gortney told him how the aircraft on board are used in U.S. operations in the region, and explained what equipment the aircraft carry and why.