The U.S. Navy’s Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), arrived in Rijeka, Croatia on April 19, 2018.
The Mount Whitney returned to the Viktor Lenac Shipyard in Rijeka, for scheduled vital repairs (VR).
“This ship undergoes a constant maintenance program that supports our busy operational schedule. Periods of maintenance like this VR in Croatia ensures the Mount Whitney will meet its new extended service-life out to 2039. We are excited for another opportunity to visit Croatia. Rijeka provides our Sailors and civilian mariners an opportunity to interact with the great people of Croatia, as well as engage in volunteer community service”, said Capt. Robert Aguilar, Commanding Officer of USS Mount Whitney.
The Mount Whitney will be conducting engineering equipment assessments, preservation and upkeep of topside fittings, as well as inspection and upkeep to various systems.
Mount Whitney, forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, operates with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command Civilian Mariners. It is one of only two seaborne Joint Command Platforms in the U.S. Navy, both of which are forward deployed.
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, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
MC3 Krystina Coffey