USS Mount Whitney Leaves Dry Dock Staging Area

The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed the Viktor Lenac dry dock staging area in Rijeka, Croatia, April 30 for the first time since staging began Jan. 15, 2015.

The 640-foot flagship came to the Viktor Lenac Shipyard for a regularly scheduled maintenance period intended to upgrade its physical, electrical, and warfighting capabilities. Mount Whitney is scheduled to depart the shipyard later this summer.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Rui Au said:

Mount Whitney is currently 60 percent complete with its main electrical upgrades and hull beautification. MSC Mariners and Navy crew have been working around the clock, focusing on enhancing the ship’s internal infrastructure.

Mount Whitney, a Blue Ridge-class command and control ship, forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, operates with a combined crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners.

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