17 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
The flagship of the US Navy 6th Fleet LCC-20 USS Mount Whitney is currently in Constanta, Romania.
Her first port of call was Burgas, Bulgaria. She spent here 5 days. Her next port of call was Batumi, Georgia where she arrived on 11 November. After conducting some joint exercises with Georgian naval forces, USS Mount Whitney has left Batumi on 13 November.
She will stay in Romania until 19 November according to a press release of the US Embassy in Bucharest:
The U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, USS Mount Whitney, home ported in Gaeta, Italy, will visit Constanta November 15 to November 19 on a routine port call. While in Constanta the ship’s crew will conduct joint training and information exchanges with Romanian counterparts and host a reception for distinguished guests.
The Mount Whitney serves as the Command Ship for Commander, SIXTH Fleet/Commander, Joint Command Lisbon/Commander, Striking Force NATO. Captain Craig Clapperton is the Commanding Officer and the ship has 12 officers, 150 enlisted personnel, and 150 Civilian Mariners from Military Sealift Command. The Mount Whitney participated in Operation Odyssey Dawn off the coast of Libya in 2011 and provided humanitarian relief to Georgia in 2008.
UPDATE: I have been corrected by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa through Twitter that USS Mount Whitney arrived to Constanta one day later than scheduled due to inclement weather.