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The U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed the Italian port city Gaeta for routine operations in the Mediterranean Sea on February 22.
While underway, the ship will conduct unit-level training, perform duties as the fleet command and control ship, and work to strengthen ties with partners and allies in the region.
Mount Whitney which is 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.