US Navy command ship arrives in France for WWII commemorations

U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Theoule-sur-Mer, France, August 14 for a scheduled port visit to participate in commemorative events honoring the liberation of southern France by allied forces during World War II.

The primary reason for the port visit is to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Operation Dragoon, which played a pivotal role in the allied liberation of southern France in August 1944.

Mount Whitney will also participate in a remembrance ceremony at Rhone American Cemetery, host a reception aboard the ship, and participate in various other ceremonies around the area.

Capt. Carlos A. Sardiello, commanding officer, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) said: “The USS Mount Whitney is here in Theoule-sur-Mer conducting a host nation engagement and commemoration of past cooperation between France and the United States to enhance the security environment in the U.S. Navy 6th Fleet area of operations. We are very proud of the crew’s performance and dedication to furthering U.S. Navy actions to support allies and partners working together on common challenges, with all contributions valued, toward a shared vision of prosperity, peace, and stability.”