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USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)

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Blue Ridge Class Command Ship/Joint Command Ship/Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Originally authorized as AGC-20
  • Reclassified LCC-20, 1 January 1969
  • Laid down, 8 January 1969, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock, Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 8 January 1970
  • Commissioned USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), 16 January 1971, CAPT. Orlie G. Baird, in command
  • USS Mount Whitney serves as the flagship for Commander Sixth Fleet and is homeported at Gaeta, Italy
  • USS Mount Whitney is jointly manned by US Navy and Military Sealift Command (MSC) personnel. The ship is under the command by a Navy officer with a Navy mission crew . MSC mariners make up the crew in the navigation, deck, engineering, laundry and food services departments
    Specifications:
    Displacement 17,000 t,
    Length 620'
    Beam 82'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    Crew 777
    Staff 869
    Armament
    Super RBOC chaff rockets
    two 25mm Bushmaster guns
    four 50 cal. Machine guns
    two 20mm Phalanx (CIWS)
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    one geared steam turbine
    one propeller shaft, 20,000 shaft horsepower

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    Mount Whitney 421k Mount Whitney (LCC-20) on the builders ways at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, in December 1969, a couple of weeks before launching. S. Dale Hargrave
    Mount Whitney 130k Mount Whitney (LCC-20) fitting out in March 1970 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock. Photo by S. Dale Hargrave
    Mount Whitney 70k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) commissioning, 16 January 1971.
    US Navy photo
     
    Blue Ridge 84k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) and USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) underway in the Atlantic, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "NAVSEA Journal."
    Bob Bush
    Mount Whitney 74k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Mount Whitney 57k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) underway with the assistance of tugs, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Patrick D'Agostino.
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Whitney 43k Bow view of USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) moored at the Oostelijke Handelskade pier in the harbor at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, circa 1971. Robert Ruiter
    Mount Whitney 40k Stern view of USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) moored at the Oostelijke Handelskade pier in the harbor at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, circa 1971. Robert Ruiter
    Mount Whitney 40k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) moored starboard side to at the Oostelijke Handelskade pier in the harbor at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, circa 1971. Robert Ruiter
    Mount Whitney 95k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) moored at Naval Station Norfolk, 15 June 1974. Photo by S. Dale Hargrave
    Mount Whitney 82k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Mount Whitney 88k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) underway during an Atlantic deployment, circa 1980.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Whitney 81k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) underway off the Virginia Capes in 1986.
    US Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 82k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) docking/undocking, date and location unknown.
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    Mount Whitney 127k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) underway, date and location unknown.
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    Mount Whitney 61k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) at NavSta Norfolk VA., date unknown.
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    Mount Whitney 124k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) underway, overhead view, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mount Whitney 76k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 2001. Derek Strahan
    Mount Whitney 91k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), flagship to Vice Adm. Michael G. Mullen, Commander, Second Fleet and the Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic, underway in the Atlantic Ocean while participating in Joint Task Force Exercise 01-3 (JTFEX) with other US Navy ships and Marines along with Air Force, and Army units, 15 August 2001.
    US Navy photo # 010815-N-2743B-001 by PH1 Joe Bullinger.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mount Whitney 163k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), the Second Fleet Flagship, underway while participating in Joint Task Force Exercise 01-3.
    US Navy photo # 010815-N-2743B-005 by PH1 Joe Bullinger.
    Navy NewsStand
    Mount Whitney 90k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) underway while a US Navy CH-46 "Sea Knight" helicopter patrols the area around the ship. 3 January 2003
    US Navy photo # 1-030103-N-0000K-001 from the Navy Newsstand web site.
    Bernard A. Cardali USN, USS LST-308
    Mount Whitney 789k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) lights off her on board Counter Measure Wash Down System (CMWDS). The CMWDS is used to help the ship combat a Chemical, Biological or Radiological (CBR) weapons attack. Mount Whitney and her embarked Marines are deployed to the Horn of Africa region to participate in Operation Enduring Freedom and the continuing war on terrorism.
    US Navy photo # 030205-N-4294K-001 Horn of Africa (Feb. 5, 2003) by PH2 George Kusner.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 1403k A small rainbow cascades across the 2nd Fleet command and control shipUSS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) as she tests her Counter Measure Wash Down System (CMWDS). The wash-down system is used to help the ship combat a Chemical, Biological or Radiological attack. Mount Whitney and embarked Marines are deployed to the Horn of Africa region to participate in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the continuing Global War on Terrorism.
    US Navy photo # 030205-N-4294K-002 Horn of Africa (Feb. 5, 2003) by PH2 George Kusner.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 392k A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the "Ironhorse" of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron Four Sixty One (HMH-461) lands on the flight deck of USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20). Mount Whitney and HMH-461 are deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
    US Marine Corps photo # 030429-M-0000M-001 Gulf of Aden (Apr 29, 2003) by Cpl. Andrew W. Miller.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 347k Tugs assist USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) to the pier, completing a seven-month deployment as the flagship of Commander, Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). The most sophisticated command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) ship ever commissioned, Mount Whitney incorporates various elements of the most advanced C4I equipment available today. Mount Whitney departed November 12, 2002, in support of the ongoing war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030613-N-6607P-001 Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (Jun. 13, 2003) by PH3 Delia Pettit.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 1928k A line handling detail assists with mooring operations for USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) as she returns to her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk. Mount Whitney completed a seven-month deployment as the flagship of Commander, Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
    US Navy photo # 030613-N-6925C-012 Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (Jun. 13, 2003 by PHC Thomas Coffelt.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 536k Family and friends gather at Pier 11 welcoming home USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) as she returns to her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk. Mount Whitney completed a seven-month deployment as the flagship of Commander, Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
    US Navy photo # 030613-N-6925C-010 Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (Jun. 13, 2003) by PHC Thomas Coffelt.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 274k A port bow view of the amphibious command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) as she steams away from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S.Truman (CVN-75).
    US Navy photo # 040620-N-4308O-044 Atlantic Ocean (June 20, 2004) by PHAN Ryan O'Connor.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 382k A starboard bow view of the amphibious command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) conducting operations along the East Coast.
    US Navy photo # 040620-N-4308O-056 Atlantic Ocean (June 20, 2004) by PHAN Ryan O'Connor.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 565k A waterline port bow view of the amphibious command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) moored at Naval Station Norfolk.
    US Navy photo # 040801-N-0295M-011 Norfolk Naval Station, Va. (Aug. 1, 2004) by PH2 Daniel J. McLain.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 54k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) pulls away from its berth at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., as she begins her journey to Italy to relieve the command ship USS La Salle (AGF 3) as the Commander Sixth Fleet flagship. Mount Whitney served for more than 30 years as the command ship for Commander Second Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic.
    US Navy photo # 050114-N-5027S-003 by PH2 Robert M Schalk.
    US Navy NewsStand
    Mount Whitney 69k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) pulls into Gaeta Harbor in Italy. Mount Whitney is scheduled to replace the command ship USS La Salle (AGF 3) as the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship during February 2005.
    US Navy photo # 050201-N-4178C-001 by JO1 Bruce Cummins.
    Jack Treutle
    Mount Whitney 989k CAPT. Christopher Wode, USN, commanding officer of USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) , VADM. Harry Ulrich, Commander US Navy 6th Fleet, and CAPT. Herman Shelanski, commanding officer of USS La Salle (AGF 3), salute during a change of ship ceremony in Gaeta, Italy, 25 February 2005. Mount Whitney, with a hybrid crew of 300 military and civilian personnel, is VADM. Ulrich’s new flagship.
    US Navy photo by PH2 Sarah Bir
    Bill Gonyo
    Mount Whitney 1255k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) and USS La Salle (AGF 3) are moored alongside each other in Gaeta, Italy, following a change of command ship ceremony, 25 February 2005. Mount Whitney is the new command ship for the US Navy’s 6th Fleet, and La Salle is scheduled for decommissioning shortly after her return to Norfolk, VA.
    US Navy photo by PH3 Dwayne C. Minor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mount Whitney 1763k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) anchored between Naples, Italy and Mt. Vesuvius. Mount Whitney replaced command ship USS La Salle (AGF 3) as the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship. Mount Whitney served for more than 30 years as the command ship for Commander 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic prior to relieving La Salle.
    Department of Defense photo # 070718-D-7203T-003 TYRRHENIAN SEA (July 18, 2007) by Cherie A. Thurlby.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 2737k The U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) leads a NATO Response Force off the Italian coast of Sardinia during exercise Destined Glory (Loyal Midas) 2005. In the foreground is the Turkish frigate TCG Mauvenet (F-250), formerly USS Capodanno (FF-1093). The exercise is a medium-scale NATO amphibious live exercise designed to certify selected NATO units and assigned forces. U.S. participation is to enhance the training for NATO partners, provide training for U.S. forces and to show U.S. commitment.
    US Navy photo # 051007-N-0057D-210 Mediterranean Sea (Oct. 6, 2005) by PH1 Timm Duckworth.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 847k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) arrives in Souda harbor, 18 September 2007, for a brief port visit on Greece's largest island.
    US Navy photo # 070918-N-0780F-001 SOUDA BAY, Crete, Greece (Sept. 18, 2007) by Mr. Paul Farley.
    Lee Wahler
    Mount Whitney 323k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) arrives in Souda Bay, Crete for a routine visit, 28 August 2008. Mount Whitney, departed her homeport at Gaeta, Italy, with humanitarian aid supplies destined for the Republic of Georgia. Upon departing Souda Bay Mount Whitney will transit to the Black Sea for the delivery of her humanitarian cargo to the Republic of Georgia.
    US Navy photo # 080828-N-0780F-001 SOUDA BAY, Crete, Greece (Aug. 28 2008) by Mr. Paul Farley.
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Whitney 621k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) departs Souda harbor following a routine port call. Mount Whitney is homeported in Gaeta, Italy, where she recently received humanitarian aid supplies destined for the Republic of Georgia. Mount Whitney is transiting to the Black Sea for delivery of the humanitarian assistance cargo to the Republic of Georgia.
    US Navy photo # 080901-N-0780F-001 SOUDA BAY, Crete (Sept. 1, 2008) by Mr. Paul Farley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney 665k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) in Augusta Bay, Italy to provide command and control for Exercise "Noble Midas '08", 26 September 2008 Photos by Primo Acireale
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    Mount Whitney 197k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) departs Sevastopol, Ukraine, 7 November 2008. Photo by Eugene Ivkin
    Mount Whitney 2030k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) is moored at Gaeta's Harbor. Mount Whitney is the flag-ship for Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.
    US Navy photo # 090129-N-4044H-072 GAETA, Italy (Jan. 29, 2009) by MC3 Eddie Harrison
    Lee Wahler
    Mount Whitney 1658k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) is in the Mediterranean Sea supporting Austere Challenge 2009, a joint evolution designed to exercise U.S. capability across the full range of military operations in the European theater.
    US Navy photo # 090131-N-4044H-037 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 31, 2009) by MC3 Eddie Harrison.
    Lee Wahler
    Mount Whitney 357k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) moored pierside at Palma Mallorca, 17 July 2010 Photo by Jose A. Rodriguez
    Mount Whitney 204k Workers from the Viktor Lenac shipyard clean and repaint the hull of USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) during a scheduled maintenance period in Croatia. Mount Whitney is the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship and is operated by U.S. Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners.
    US Navy photo # 111031-N-PE825-014 RIJEKA, Croatia (Oct. 31, 2011) by MC2 Collin Turner.
    Tommy Trampp
    Mount Whitney 1785k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) begins her transition from dry dock to pierside at Viktor Lenac shipyard. Mount Whitney is the US 6th Fleet flagship and operates with a hybrid crew of US Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners.
    US Navy photo # 111109-N-PE825-521 RIJEKA, Croatia (Nov. 9, 2011) by MC2 Collin Turner.
    Lee Wahler
    Mount Whitney 486k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) arrives at Marathi NATO Pier facility for a routine port visit. Mount Whitney is conducting theater and maritime security operations as the flagship of the U.S. 6th Fleet.
    US Navy photo # 120228-N-ZB122-004 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Feb. 28, 2012) by MCSN Chelsy Alamina.
    Lee Wahler
    Mount Whitney 1431k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) moored pierside for repairs at Genoa, Italy, 14 March 2013. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
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    Mount Whitney 260k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) sailors man the rails as the ship returns to port following a two-month cruise to the Baltic Sea in support of exercise Baltic Operations 2013.
    US Navy photo # 130704-N-PE825-011 GAETA, Italy (July 4, 2013) by MC1 Collin Turner.
    Lee Wahler
    Leroy Grumman
    131028-N-PE825-104
    444k USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). Mount Whitney is underway in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 131028-N-PE825-104 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 28, 2013) by MC1 Collin Turner.
    US Navy photo # 131028-N-UE250-260 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 28, 2013) by Corey Hensley.
    Lee Wahler
    Leroy Grumman
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    Mount Whitney 239k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) anchored in the Tagus River at Lisbon, Portugal, during the Strike Force NATO exercise Trident Jaguar.
    US Navy photo # 140504-N-BG563-001 LISBON, Portugal (May 4, 2014) by LCDR. Scott "Smoke" Moak.
    Lee Wahler

    USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) Memorabilia
    Mount Whitney
    Commissioning Program Cover
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Whitney
    Intelligence Dept. Patch
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri


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