USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) held a change of command ceremony before local dignitaries, distinguished guests and ship’s officers, Sailors, and civilian mariners Oct. 6, 2015.
Capt. Carlos Sardiello relieved Capt. Mark Colombo as the 28th commanding officer of Mount Whitney.
Colombo was the 27th commanding officer of the Mount Whitney and served aboard for 15 months.
During his tenure as commanding officer the crew of the Mount Whitney was involved in several peace keeping operations throughout the Baltic region, and in Theoule-sur-Mer, France, where the flagship participated in commemorative events paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion that led to the liberation of Southern France during World War II.
Colombo also oversaw a complete overhaul and renovation of the Mount Whitney during its dry dock period in Croatia.
Sardiello previously served as the Executive Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
Mount Whitney, forward deployed to Gaeta, Italy, operates with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners.
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