NEWS | Nov. 12, 2017

USS Mount Whitney Arrives in Rota, Spain

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Feddersen

Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) pulled into Rota, Spain, Nov. 12, to conduct anti-terrorism force protection drills as well as firefighting sustainment drills.

Mount Whitney is participating in a variety of drills and qualifications during the visit to maintain crew proficiency and ship readiness after spending nearly ten months at Viktor Lenac shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia.

“This anti-terrorism force protection certification and training is important because the dangers never stop,” said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jordan Reckman. “We can never stop getting better at protecting our ship and our shipmates from potential threats.”

Sailors will have the chance to go through the fire fighting simulator on Naval Station Rota during the port visit as well.

Mount Whitney, forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, operates with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners.

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, security and stability in Europe and Africa.