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Mount Whitney Departs Kiel

June 23, 2016 at 12:47 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alyssa J. Weeks, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) Public Affairs

KIEL, Germany – The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Kiel, Germany June 23, 2016.

Mount Whitney, the command ship for BALTOPS 2016 leading a flotilla of 43 ships, moored in Kiel at the conclusion of the exercise.

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"The crew of the Mount Whitney thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the citizens of Kiel and the camaraderie between the BALTOPS 2016 exercise participants represented in Kiel Week as well as the other visiting Navies.  The common understanding and benefits to interoperability and training gained at sea, and during our in port time will pay dividends for a long time to come."

– Capt. Carlos A. Sardiello, commanding officer, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20)

Quick Facts: 
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.
BALTOPS is an annual recurring multinational exercise designed to improve interoperability, enhance flexibility and demonstrate the resolve of allied and partner nations to defend the Baltic region.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.
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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