USS Mount Whitney Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

Capt. Ted Williams was relieved as commanding officer of the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) by Capt. Craig A. Clapperton, Nov. 19.

Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, directed the accelerated change of command due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct by Capt. Williams.

Williams, who took command of Mount Whitney in September 2011, has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of U.S. 6th Fleet. Clapperton was scheduled to assume command of the amphibious command ship Dec. 6.

Mount Whitney, homeported in Gaeta, Italy, is the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship and operates with a combined crew of U.S. Sailors and civil service mariners from the Military Sealift Command.

Naval Today Staff,November 21, 2012