This is the Heart of Trident Juncture

September 19, 2018 -During exercise Trident Juncture, NATO will run its operations from one of the most advanced warships ever made. ​NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018 is just a few weeks away, with Admiral James G. Foggo as its exercise commander. Normally, Foggo heads the Allied Joint Force Command Naples, but during the exercise he will be where he likes it the most: “Afloat, on board my favorite ship, USS Mount Whitney,” he says. The American warship will sail along the Norwegian coast, serving as the very heart of NATO’s largest exercise…

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2018 Kicks Off in Ukraine

The 18th iteration of exercise Sea Breeze kicked off following opening ceremonies in Odessa and Shiroky Lan training range, Ukraine, July 9. Sea Breeze is designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security by focusing on a variety of warfare areas, officials said. “This annual multinational maritime exercise has enhanced our interoperability and capabilities among participating forces,” said Navy Capt. Matthew Lehman, commodore of Task Force 65. “The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security and foster trust among participating nations.” Some…

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USS Mount Whitney Finishes BALTOPS 2018

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) concluded the 46th iteration of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in Kiel, Germany, June 15. During the two-week BALTOPS exercise, over 100 drills in surface, subsurface, air defense, mine countermeasures, maritime interdictions and joint personnel recovery were completed among the 43 maritime units, 60 aircraft, and approximate 5,000 maritime, ground and air force. “The Mount Whitney performed as the flagship and communications platform for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO,” said Capt. Robert Aguilar, Mount Whitney’s commanding officer. “Our motto, ‘Vox Marxis’ – voice of the…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 5

A B-1 Lancer bomber laid exercise mines and decoys in the vicinity of Bornholm Island, Denmark, and Ustka, Poland. The Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON), consisting of the Vidar-class minelayer LNS Jotvingis (N42), and four mine counter measure ships worked together to locate and disarm the munitions. A task unit consisting of 15 ships from seven nations conducted air defense training against 11 aircraft from Poland and the United States. Marines from Romania, Lithuania and the United States conducted cross-training at Kairiai firing range, Lithuania, which included live-fire training with light…

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Successful Obangame Express 2018 Concludes

Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy, made concluding remarks in Libreville, Gabon, at the closing ceremony of Obangame Express 2018 (OE 18). Foggo participated in the Senior Leader Symposium, March 25-27 in Libreville, Gabon, and conducted meetings aboard Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). The ship worked with West African nations to counter illegal activities at sea, while expanding training opportunities and cooperation among regional maritime forces. “Based on what I have observed…

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HSC-28 Supports Obangame Express 2018

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, is conducting flight operations from the USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in support of exercise Obangame Express 2018, the largest regional maritime exercise in West Africa. The eight-day exercise, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, focuses on countering the trafficking of illegal arms and drugs, human trafficking, illegal migration, piracy, and illegal fishing. Additionally, maritime interdiction operations and search and rescue training are incorporated as part of the exercise. HSC-28, known as the “Dragon Whales,” actively deploy with the Second,…

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Mount Whitney Visits Malta

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Valletta, Malta, Jan. 19, 2018, for a scheduled port visit. The visit served to enhance U.S.-Malta relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous European region.  While in Valletta, Mount Whitney will provide ship tours and host a reception aboard the ship.  “The Sailors and civilian mariners of Mount Whitney are thrilled to renew our long standing relationship with Malta,” said Captain Kavon Hakimzadeh, commanding officer of Mount Whitney. “The rich history and cultural attractions of this Mediterranean…

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Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta After Refit in Croatia

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), flag ship of U.S. 6th Fleet, arrived at its forward-deployed port in Gaeta, Italy, Oct. 27, after completing a 10-month shipyard maintenance evolution at the Viktor Lenac shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia. During the maintenance availability, shipyard teams completed work on Mount Whitney’s generators, propeller, habitability spaces and command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence systems. “We had nearly $45 million worth of work on the hull, mechanical and electrical systems of the ship, and a complete upgrade of the computer systems,” said Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh,…

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