The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), got underway Oct. 9, in support of Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
This is the first underway evolution that the flagship has participated in since returning from dry dock in Rijeka, Croatia, after a nine-month maintenance period.
Mount Whitney, forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, operates with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners. The civil service mariners perform navigation, deck, engineering and supply service operations, while military personnel support communications, weapons systems and security. It is one of only two seaborne Joint Command Platforms in the U.S. Navy, both of which are forward deployed.
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