The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), returned to Gaeta, Italy Oct. 3, 2015, after completing a nine month dry dock period in Rijeka, Croatia.
During its 270 days in the Viktor Lenac shipyard, the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship underwent several modifications on its hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) integrity.
Cmdr. Tammy S. Royal, Executive Officer, said:
We got a number of projects accomplished during our stay; including self-sustained import electrical and steam capabilities. These capabilities will prove to save the Navy over the upcoming years. Additionally, the work accomplished has extended the life span of this national asset.
Mount Whitney’s major installation projects included 100 plus tons of steel to the ship’s hull, and two new electrical boilers. Steel was replaced on the topside deck, shower heads, plating on mooring stations, and all work on the Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie, General Electric Caterpillars (CAT) located on the fifth deck.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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