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USS Mount Whitney Enters Black Sea

July 7, 2018 at 9:54 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Justin Stumberg

The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) entered the Black Sea July 7, 2018, to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, as well as strengthen combined readiness and naval capability among NATO allies and partners.

As part of these mission sets, the ship will operate in the Black Sea to participate in exercise Sea Breeze 2018. 

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“The USS Mount Whitney is excited to return to the Black Sea.  We look forward to working with our partners in the region to build relationships that promote peace and economic stability in the region and the globe.  Mount Whitney's presence will assure our partners and allies of our commitment to maritime security and shared interests.”

-Capt. Robert Aguilar, commanding officer of Mount Whitney

Quick Facts: 
All Department of Defense efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
Mount Whitney, forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, operates with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sea Lift Command civil service mariners.
Sea Breeze is an annual exercise held in the Black Sea which is co-hosted by Ukraine and the United States. The exercise will focus on a variety of warfare areas including maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue and amphibious warfare.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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