USS Mount Whitney completes shipyard maintenance, returns to Italy

U.S. Navy’s command and control ship USS Mount Whitney returned to Gaeta, Italy after undergoing shipyard maintenance.

USS Mount Whitney is the flagship of the U.S. 6th Fleet operating in Europe and Africa.

The Blue Ridge class ship arrived in its forward-deployed port after it completed a 30-day required shipyard maintenance, and scheduled critical Command and Control, Computers, Communications, Combat Systems and Intelligence upgrades, in Rijeka, Croatia.

Capt. Carlos Sardiello, commanding officer, USS Mount Whitney, said: “The USS Mount Whitney sailor and civilian mariner crew showed superior professionalism and technical expertise in successfully completing our thirty day scheduled shipyard maintenance period in Rijeka, Croatia, on time.

“The crew also conducted valuable inport and at sea training across all assigned mission areas while underway for routine operations in the Mediterranean.”

While in Croatia, Mount Whitney completed work on its electric generators for equipment and replaced several antennas throughout the ship. Additionally, new decking, piping, and painting were applied throughout several of the ships spaces.