USS MOUNT WHITNEY
LCC 20
  
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The Mount Whitney (LCC 20) is the first ship in the Navy to bear the name of the 14,946-foot peak in the Sierra-Nevada range in California, the highest point in the United States. She was constructed by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company; the keel was laid down on January 8, 1969; launched on January 8, 1970, and commissioned on January 16, 1971, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. Capt. Orlie G. Baird is the first CO. USS Mount Whitney will serve as a command ship for Amphibious Task Force Commander, Landing Force Commander and Air Control Group Commander during amphibious operations.

Following outffiting, the Mount Whitney sailed to Guantanamo Bay OPAREA for six weeks of Sahekedown Cruise through April 16. The ship participated in a joint service exercise Exotic Dancer IV in May.

After a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Newport News Shipbuilding in July and August, LCC 20 departed for the Mediterranean to support NATO exercise Deep Furrow '71.

February 23, 1972 The Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a three-week underway period in the Caribbean. Port calls to Port Everglades, Fla, (Feb. 25-26) and Guantanamo Bay (Feb. 28-29). Arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 1 for a brief visit.

March 3, The amphibious command ship arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a two-day port visit before participating in exercise FIREX, off Vieques Island.

March 8, LCC 20 pulled into Charlote Amalie, St. Thomas, for a three-day visit to U.S. Virgin Islands. Returned home on March 15.

May 11, USS Mount Whitney underway for Onslow Beach , N.C., to participate in a joint service exercise Exotic Dancer V.

August 7, The Mount Whitney departd Norfolk for a Dependent's and Guests Day Cruise.

August 29, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport for a two-month Northern Atlantic deployment.

September 7, The amphibious command ship arrived in Plymouth, England, for a three-day port call.

September 27, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Bergen, Norway, for a brief port visit after participating in a major NATO exercise Strong Express, in the Vaga Fjord, from Sept. 14-26.

September 29, The Mount Whitney pulled into Rosyth, Scotland, for a six-day port visit. Port calls to Amsterdam, Netherlands, (Oct. 6-10) and Bremerhaven, Germany, (Oct. 11-14). Returned to Norfolk on Oct. 24.

January 5, 1973 Capt. Robert F. Dunn relieved Capt. Orlie G. Baird as commanding officer of the LCC 20.

January 25, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a three-week underway period in the Caribbean to participate in exercise Agile Jouster. Port calls to Port Everglades (Jan. 27-31); San Juan, Puerto Rico, (Feb. 3-5) and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, (Feb. 10-11).

From February 20-23, the amphibious command ship was underway for exercise Aloud Papa off Onslow Beach, North Carolina. Underway again from Feb. 27 through March 6 for exercise Exotic Dancer VI, off Onslow Beach.

May 17, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a seven-week Mediterranean deployment. Port call to Malaga, Spain, from May 26-29.

June 4, The Mount Whitney arrived in Athens, Greece, for a three-day port visit before participating in exercise Dawn Patrol, off Sardinia, from June 7-15. Port calls to Cannes, France, (June 16-19) and Barcelona, Spain, (June 20-23).

July 13, LCC 20 departed homeport for a Dependent's and Guests Day Cruise.

August 31, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a three-month Mediterranean deployment.

September 14, The Mount Whitney anchored off the coast of Rhodes, Greece, for a three-day visit.

September 30, The amphibous command ship arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, for a five-day port visit after supporting NATO exercise Deep Furrow '73 at Antalya from Sept. 20-29.

From Oct. 8 through Nov. 20, the Mount Whitney participated in 6th Fleet contigency operations during the Middle East crisis.

November 24, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port call. Returned home on Dec. 6.

February 21, 1974 The Mount Whitney departed homeport for a four-week underway period in the Puerto Rican OPAREA. Port calls to Roosevelt Roads (March 1-6); St. Thomas (March 9-11) and Port Everglades (March 16-19). On March 12, the LCC 20 conducted missile firing exercise, testing its Basic Point Defense Missile System (BPDMS), first such event onboard the LCC.

June 21, Capt. Lowe H. Bibby, III relieved Capt. Robert F. Dunn as CO of USS Mount Whitney.

July 13, The amphibious command ship entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for a six-month overhaul. In Dry Dock 5 from Aug. 3 through Nov. 11.

February 7, 1975 USS Mount Whitney returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Underway for Refresher Training in Guantanamo Bay Op. Area on Feb. 26. Port visit to Montego Bay, Jamaica, from March 15-17 and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from March 29- April 2. Returned home on April 7.

April 14, The Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a two-week underway to participate in exercise Agate Punch.

From May 22 through June 3, the amphibious command ship was underway for exercises Aloud Yankee and Solid Shield.

June 12, USS Mount Whitney entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a two-month overhaul. Returned to Norfolk on Aug. 20. Underway in the Virginia Capes Op. Area from Aug. 25-29.

October 11, The Mount Whitney arrived at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to celebrate the Navy's 200th birthday.

January 22, 1976 LCC 20 departed homeport for CARIBEX 2-76. Anchored in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Jan. 29.

February 6, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Charlote Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a port visit to St. Thomas. Returned home on Feb. 20.

May 6, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in a two-week exercise Solid Shield '76. Underway again on June 7 as a unit of Task Force 200.

June 12, Capt. Raymond M. Burris relieved Capt. Lowe H. Bibby, III as CO of the Mount Whitney during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Guantanamo Bay.

June 16, The amphibious command ship arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a two-day port visit. Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from June 25-29.

July 3, The Mount Whitney arrived in New York City for a four-day visit to celebrate the Independence Day. Returned home on July 8.

September 3, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a two-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

September 28, LCC 20 pulled into Amsterdam, Netherlands, for a three-day port visit after participating in exercise Teamwork '76.

October 2, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Portsmouth, England, for a week-long port call before participating in exercise Bonded Item.

October 18, The Mount Whitney arrived in Hamburg, Germany, for a scheduled port visit. Port call to Dublin, Ireland, from Oct. 27-28. Returned to homeport on Nov. 9.

January 14, 1977 The amphibious command ship pulled into Naval Station Mayport for a three-day port call after a three-day sea trials. Returned home on Jan. 21. Underway from March 25-29 for exercise Aloud Foxtrot. Undereway from May 3-6 for exercise Aloud Golf.

May 10, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in a two-week exercise Solid Shield '77.

July 2, The Mount Whitney moored at Pier 88 in New York City for a three-day port visit.

August 12, LCC 20 departed homeport to participate in a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) 5-77.

August 18, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, for a brief port call. Returned home on Aug. 27.

September 2, Capt. John J. Kingston relieved Capt. Raymond M. Burris as the 5th CO of Mount Whitney.

September 9, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a three-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

October 10, The amphibious command ship arrived in Naples, Italy, for a four-day port visit after participating in exercise Display Determination.

October 20, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Antwerpen, Belgium, for a four-day port call.

October 28, The Mount Whitney arrived in Rotterdam, Netherlands, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Copenhagen, Denmark, from Nov. 5-14. Pulled again into Rotterdam on Nov. 19 for a three-day visit after participating in exercise Steady Progress. Returned to homeport on Dec. 2.

February 6, 1978 USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk to participate in READEX 1-78. Port call to Fort Lauderdale from Feb. 11-14.

February 17, LCC 20 arrived at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, for a three-day port call.

March 1, The Mount Whitney pulled into Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, for a three-day visit to Curacao. Returned home on March 8. Underway again from May 15-26 for exercise Solid Shield '78.

July 13, The amphibious command ship departed Norfolk for a Dependent's Day Cruise. Underway for COMPUTEX/MSR from Aug. 1-12.

August 23, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a two-month deployment to participate in NATO exercise Northern Wedding '78. Port calls to Rosyth, Scotland, (Sept. 19-23); Hamurg, Germany, (Sept. 24-27); Copenhagen, Denmark, (Sept. 29- Oct. 3); Portsmouth, England, (Oct. 5-9); Cherbourg, France, (Oct. 9-12) and Dublin, Ireland, (Oct. 13-17). Returned home on Oct. 30.

January 15, 1979 The Mount Whitney underway in the VACAPES Operating Area for Type Training. Port call to Newport, R.I., from Jan. 20-26. Underway again on Feb. 16. Port call to New Orleans, La., from Feb. 20-28. Returned home on March 3.

March 31, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a two-day port call in preparation for Mobile Sea Range (MSR) exercise COMPUTEX 79, in the Puerto Rican Op. Area, from April 2-14.

May 31, USS Mount Whitney entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for a six-month overhaul. Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Dec. 14.

January 26, 1980 Capt. Vernon C. Smith relieved Capt. John J. Kingston as commanding officer of LCC 20.

From February 24 through March 24, the amphibious command ship was underway in the Guantanamo Bay OPAREA for Refresher Training (REFTRA). Port call to Nassau, Bahamas, from March 24-27.

July 22, The Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a 10-day underway period to participate in READEX 2-80.

August 29, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a two-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR) to participate in exercise United Effort/Teamwork '80. Port calls to Wilhelmshaven, West Germany, (Sept. 24-30); Portsmouth, England, (Oct. 3-9) and Rotterdam, Netherlands, (Oct. 10-15).

January 17, 1981 The amphibious command ship arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, for a six-day port visit to participate in Naval War College war games exercise.

February 18, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk to participate in a two-week exercise READEX 1-81.

March 13, LCC 20 pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day port call.

May 1, The Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in a two-week exercise Solid Shield '81.

July 16, Vice Adm. James A. Lyons relieved Vice Adm. Thomas J. Bigley as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the LCC 20.

July 19, The Mount Whitney departed homeport for a 10-day underway period to conduct Type Training. Port call to Boston, Mass., from July 24-27.

August 20, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk to participate in exercises Ocean Venture/Ocean Safari and Magic Sword North/Magic Sword South.

September 18, The amphibious command ship pulled into Lisbon, Portugal, for a week-long port visit. Port call to Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Oct. 2-6. Returned home on Oct. 7.

October 10, Capt. David M. Bennett relieved Capt. Vernon C. Smith as the 7th CO of USS Mount Whitney.

From November 9-25, LCC 20 was underway for exercise READEX 1-82. Port call to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Nov. 12-16.

January 22, 1982 USS Mount Whitney arrived in Newport, R.I., for a week-long port visit to participate in Naval War College war games exercise. Underway again on Feb. 8. Port calls to Nassau, Bahamas, (Feb. 8-11); Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., (Feb. 12-16) and New Orleans, La., (Feb. 18-24).

April 10, The Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for COMPUTEX/MSR. Port calls to San Juan, P.R., (April 14-18); Roosevelt roads (April 23-25); Bridgetown, Barbados, (April 25-30); St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, (May 1-4) and Willemstad, Curacao, (May 10-14). Returned home on May 18.

June 17, The amphibious command ship arrived in New York City for a four-day port visit.

August 23, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport for a two-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR to participate in exercises United Effort and Northern Wedding. Port calls to Amsterdam, Netherlands, (Sept. 18-22); Portsmouth, England, (Sept. 23-30); Copenhagen, Denmark, (Oct. 2-7) and Oslo, Norway, (Oct. 8-12).

January 15, 1983 LCC 20 arrived in Newport, R.I., for a six-day port visit to participate in a war games exercise Open Road.

February 25, The Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE)/PEB and READEX 1-83. Port visits to Ft. Lauderdale ( March 1-4); Nassau (March 5-8); St. Thomas (March 10-14) and San Juan (March 18-22). Returned home on April 1.

April 22, Capt. Robert. C. Johnson, Jr., relieved Capt. David M. Bennett as commanding officer of the LCC 20.

April 25, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in exercise Solid Shield '83. Underway again on May 27 for United Effort/Ocean Saffari. Port calls to Brest, France, (June 17-21); Plymouth, England, (22-26) and Hamburg, Germany, (June 28- July 5).

July 15, The amphibious command ship returned to Norfolk after month-and-a-half underway period in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

From August 23 through Sept. 15, the Mount Whitney was underway for READEX 2-83. Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment on Nov. 1.

January 14, 1984 USS Mount Whitney arrived in Newport, R.I., for a six-day port visit to participate in exercise Established Contact.

February 18, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport for a two-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR to participate in exercise United Effort/Teamwork '84.

March 26, LCC 20 arrived in Bergen, Norway, for a two-day port visit. Port call to Portsmouth, England, from March 30 through April 6.

April 9, The Mount Whitney pulled into Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port call. Returned to Norfolk on April 19.

May 31, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Boston, Mass., for a four-day port visit.

August 23, The amphibious command ship departed Norfolk to participate in a two-week exercise READEX 2-84.

January 12, 1985 The Mount Whitney arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, for a six-day port visit to participate in exercise Open Road '85.

March 1, Capt. Larry L. Lubbs relieved Capt. Robert. C. Johnson, Jr., as the 8th CO of USS Mount Whitney.

From March 4-30, the ship was underway for READEX 1-85. Port calls to Ft. Lauderdale (March 7-8); Nassau (March 9-11) and St. Thomas (March 13-18).

May 3, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport for a nine-day underway period to participate in exercise Solid Shield '85.

May 31, The Mount Whitney entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a four-month overhaul. In Dry Dock 8 from June 13 through Sept. 9. Returned to NS Norfolk on Oct. 11.

From Nov. 16 through Dec. 20, LCC 20 was underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the Guantanamo Bay Op. Area.

January 12, 1986 USS Mount Whitney arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for a four-day port visit. Underway again from Feb. 10 through March 3 for FLEETEX 1-86. Port visit to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, from Feb. 22-28. Underway for FLEETEX 2-86 from April 11-26. Port call to Roosevelt Roads from April 14-15.

July 4, The amphibious command ship moored at Pier 7 in Brooklyn, New York, for a three-day port visit to celebrate the Independence Day.

August 17, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a two-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR in support of Northern Wedding/Northern Engagement '86.

September 20, The Mount Whitney pulled into Amsterdam, Netherlands, for a six-day por call. Departed Portsmouth, England, on Oct. 3. Returned home on Oct. 11.

January 17, 1987 Capt. Laurence H. Turner, Jr., relieved Capt. Larry L. Lubbs as commanding officer of LCC 20.

From February 13 through March 1, the amphibious command ship was underway for FLEETEX 1-87. Port call to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, from Feb. 18-23.

May 1, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a nine-day underway period to participate in exercise Solid Shield '87.

June 1, The Mount Whitney entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a two-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). Returned to homeport on Aug. 10.

August 31, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk to participatee in a multinational exercise Ocean Safari.

September 22, The amphibious command ship pulled into Naval Base Devonport for a two-day visit to Plymouth, England.

September 27, LCC 20 arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port visit. Returned home on Oct. 8.

November 7, USS Mount Whitney commenced a two-month PMA Phase II, while pierside at Naval Station Norfolk. The work included the installation of two MK-15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS) on the Aft Sponson and forward deckhouse.

From January 11-30, 1988, the 2nd Fleet flagship was underway for FLEETEX 1-88. Port call to Nassau, Bahamas, from Jan. 24-27.

April 8, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk to participate in exercise Ocean Venture '88 in the Puerto Rican OPAREA. Port visit to Ft. Lauderdale from April 24-28. Underway from June 8-30 for FLEETEX 2-88. Port calls to Roosevelt Roads (June 15-17) and Willemstad, Curacao, (June 22-26).

August 11, Vice Adm. Jerome L. Johnson relieved Vice Adm. Charles Larson as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the LCC 20.

August 19, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

August 26, The Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a two-month deployment in the 6th Fleet AoR in support of exercise Teamwork '88. Port calls to Kiel, Germany, (Sept. 24-26); Copenhagen (Sept. 27-30) and Portsmouth (Oct. 2-6). Returned home on Oct. 15. Underway again for FLEETEX 1-89 from Nov. 7-18.

February 9, 1989 USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for FLEETEX 2-89. Capt. Morton W. Kenyon relieved Capt. Laurence H. Turner, Jr., as the 11th CO of the ship on Feb. 15.

February 21, LCC 20 anchored off St. Marteen for a three-day visit to Netherlands Antilles.

March 19, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Antwerpen, Belgium, for a four-day port visit after participating in NATO exercise North Star.

April 3, The 2nd Fleet flagship returned to homeport after a nearly two-month underway period.

From May 5-26, the Mount Whitney was underway for exercise Solid Shield '89. Port call to New York City from May 21-25. Underway for FLEETEX 4-89 from Aug. 23- Sept. 12. Port call to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, from Sept. 6-10.

October 6, The amphibious command ship arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for a five-day port call to participate in Fleet Appreciation Week.

January 26, 1990 USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a 19-day underway period in support of FLEETEX 1-90, in the western Atlantic and Puerto Rican Op. Areas.

February 20, USS Mount Whitney commenced a three-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA) while pierside at Naval Station Norfolk.

May 4, Vice Adm. Michael P. Kalleres relieved Vice Adm. Jerome L. Johnson as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the LCC 20.

From June 8-19, the 2nd Fleet flagship was underway for FLEETEX 3-90. Underway for Limited Type Training in the Guantanamo Bay Op. Area from June 22 through July 2. Port call to Kingston, Jamaica, from July 3-5.

From October 4-12, the Mount Whitney participated in Broward County Navy Days and Fleet Week festivities at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

November 1, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport for an 18-day underway period in support of FLEETEX 1-91/2-91.

From March 8-19, 1991, the amphibious command ship was underway in the Virginia Capes Op. Area for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) Preps. Underway again for OPPE from March 25-29.

April 3, Capt. David L. Brewer, III relieved Capt. Morton W. Kenyon as commanding officer of the Mount Whitney.

June 6, USS Mount Whitney arrived in New York City for a four-day Fleet Week.

July 12, LCC 20 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a four-week underway in support of FLEETEX 4-91. Port calls to Mayport, Fla., and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

From Sept. 1 through Oct. 9, USS Mount Whitney was underway for exercise North Star '91 in the northern Atlantic. Port call to Portsmouth, England.

February 2, 1992 The 2nd Fleet flagship departed homeport for a 12-day underway in support of FLEETEX 2-92. Underway again on Feb. 26 to participate in exercise Teamwork.

March 23, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Bergen, Norway, for a three-day port call. Arrived in Antwerpen, Belgium, on March 28 for a four-day port visit.

April 4, LCC 20 arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a five-day port visit. Returned home on April 16.

May 5, The Mount Whitney underway for a seven-day to participate in exercise Ocean Venture '92.

June 27, Vice Adm. William J. Flanagan, Jr., relieved Vice Adm. Michael P. Kalleres as Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, during a ceremony on board the USS Mount Whitney.

The amphibious command ship was underway for Type Training from July 24-28. Underway again for EMAT/Type Training in VACAPES Op. Area from Aug. 19- Sept. 3. Underway for FLEETEX 1-93 from Sept. 9-18.

October 6, USS Mount Whitney entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a three-month Depot Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA).

December 5, Capt. Malcolm P. Branch relieved Capt. David L. Brewer, III as the 13th commanding officer of LCC 20.

From January 15-26, 1993, the 2nd Fleet flagship was underway in support of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF).

February 2, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) 2-93.

February 28, The Mount Whitney arrived in Nassau, Bahamas, for a three-day port call after conducting Limited Type Training (LTT) in the Guantanamo Bay OPAREA.

From May 4-21, the LCC 20 was underway in the Puerto Rican Op. Area in support of exercise Ocean Venture '93.

June 10, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, for a three-day port visit. Underway from July 7-21 for FLEETEX 3-93.

August 27, The Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a seven-week deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR in support of exercise Solid Stance. Port calls to Stavanger, Norway, (Sept. 17-20); Kiel, Germany, (Sept. 20-24) and Cobh, Ireland, (Sept. 27- Oct. 5).

The amphibious command ship was underway for Type Training from Nov. 2-5. Underway again for JTG 1-94 from Dec. 7-15.

March 16, 1994 USS Mount Whitney pulled into Savannah, Ga., for a four-day port visit. Returned home on March 23 after a "Tiger Cruise" from Morehead City, N.C.

April 8, The Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a two-week underway period to participate in FLEETEX 2-94. Underway again from April 25- May 6 in support of exercise Agile Provider '94.

May 26, Capt. Gene R. Kendall relieved Capt. Malcolm P. Branch as CO of the Mount Whitney.

June 7, The 2nd Fleet flagship arrived in Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, for a three-day port call to conduct school ship training with Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

July 12, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a five-week underway period in the Caribbean in support of Operation Support Democracy. Underway again from Sept. 12 through Oct. 28 in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. Remained at anchor for 37 days in Port-au-Prince Harbor, Haiti. Provided all C4I for CJTF 180 and CTF 185. Joint operational employment of the EHF satellite system was used for the first time.

January 23, 1995 The Mount Whitney departed homeport for an 11-day underway period in support of JTFEX 95-2 for the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) BG.

February 9, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a two-month deployment in support of exercise Strong Resolve '95. Port calls to Portsmouth, England, (Feb. 20-21); Trondheim, Norway, (Feb. 24- March 2); Stavanger (March 3-8) and Portsmouth (March 10-20).

April 6, LCC 20 entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a three-month Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA).

July 10, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a two-week underway period in support of JTFEX 95-3 for the USS America (CV 66) BG.

August 19, Capt. Richard H. Enderly relieved Capt. Gene R. Kendall as the 15th CO of the Mount Whitney.

December 4, The amphibious command and control ship underway for 12 days in support of JTFEX 96-1 for the USS George Washington (CVN 73) BG.

May 1, 1996 USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a 16-day underway period in support of JTFEX 96-2 for the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) BG.

August 15, The Mount Whitney departed homeport for a six-week underway period in the northern Atlantic.

August 17, The 2nd Fleet flagship arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a three-day port call.

August 27, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a three-day port visit before participating in exercise Northern Light/Bright Horizon '96.

September 13, The Mount Whitney pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a five-day port call. Returned home on Sept. 29.

October 11, LCC 20 departed Norfolk for an 11-day underway period in support of JTFEX 97-1 for the Roosevelt Battle Group.

October 30, USS Mount Whitney entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a 16-week Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA).

March 10, 1997 The 2nd Fleet flagship departed homeport for a 12-day underway period in support of JTFEX 97-2.

April 12, The Mount Whitney pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a six-day port visit.

From June 9-27, the amphibious command and control ship was underway for a Tailored Shipboard Training Availabilty (TSTA) Phase I.

July 30, Capt. James R. Poplar, III relieved Capt. Richard H. Enderly as commanding officer of USS Mount Whitney.

August 18, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for an 18-day underway period in support of JTFEX 97-3. Underway for TSTA Phase I from Sept. 15-19. TSTA Phase II from Oct. 20-31.

January 19, 1998 LCC 20 arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for an eight-day port visit. Port call to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from Jan. 27-29.

February 23, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk in support of exercise Strong Resolve '98 in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

March 4, The 2nd Fleet flagship pulled into Lisbon, Portugal, for a four-day port call.

March 21, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a four-day port call. Returned home on April 2.

April 28, The Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a 13-day underway period in support of JTFEX 98-2. Port call to Miami, Fla., from May 7-9.

May 19, USS Mount Whitney entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a four-month Drydocking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA).

From Sept. 24 through Oct. 5, the amphibious command and control ship was underway in support of USS Enterprise Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).

November 2, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport for an 18-day TSTA. Port visit to Mayport from Nov. 11-16. TSTA II from Dec. 1-10.

January 12, 1999 LCC 20 departed Norfolk for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III and Final Evaluation Period (FEP). Underway for JTFEX 99-1 from Feb. 16-28.

May 17, Capt. Martin E. Jenkins, II relieved Capt. James R. Poplar, III as the 17th CO of Mount Whitney.

May 19, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for an extended Mediterranean deployment as flagship for Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.

June 1, The Mount Whitney arrived in Gaeta, Italy, for a three-week upkeep. Underway for sea trials from June 24-26. Port call to Valletta, Malta, from July 7-11.

July 16, LCC 20 arrived in Marseille, France, for a four-day port call. Port visits to Gaeta (July 22- Aug. 2); Villafranche, France, (Aug. 6-10); Barcelona (Aug. 13-17); Palma de Mallorca, Spain, (Aug. 19-24); Gaeta (Aug. 27- Sept. 15); Antalya, Turkey, (Sept. 17-21); Naples, Italy, (Sept. 24-26); Algiers, Algeria, (Sept. 28-29); Gaeta, Italy, (Oct. 1-8) and Rota, Spain, on Oct. 11..

October 22, USS Mount Whitney returned to homeport after a Tiger Cruise from Morehead City, completing the five-month deployment.

December 6, The 2nd Fleet flagship departed Norfolk for a nine-day underway period in support of JTFEX 00-1.

March 27, 2000 The Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a three-day sea trials and Limited Type Training. Underway again from May 2-4 for sea trials.

From May 13-30, USS Mount Whitney was underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 00-2. Port call to Ft. Lauderdale from May 21-24.

June 27, The amphibious command and control ship departed homeport for an 18-day underway period. Port calls to Philadelphia (June 28-30); New York City (July 2-9) and Halifax (July 11-13). Underway for sea trials from Aug. 16-18 and Sept. 26-29.

October 18, USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a nine-day underway period in support of JTFEX 01-1.

November 10, LCC 20 arrived in Ke West, Fla., for a four-day port visit. Port call to Annapolis, Md., from Nov. 17-19. Underway for ISE/Crew Training from Dec. 5-7 and Jan. 9-11, 2001. Underway for Pre-INSURV inspection from Feb. 13-15.

March 16, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport for a 17-day underway period in support of JTFEX 01-2. Port call to Nassau, Bahamas, from March 27-29.

From May 7-17, the 2nd Fleet flagship was underway for Limited Type Training (LTT). Port call to Mayport, Fla., from May 11-13.

June 28, The Mount Whitney arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, for a brief port visit. Underway for a Family Day Cruise on July 13.

July 17, Capt. David W. Prothero relieved Capt. Martin E. Jenkins, II as commanding officer of LCC 20.

From July 26-27, the ship was underway for Independent Steaming Exercise (ISE) and crew training. Underway for JTFEX 01-3 from Aug. 10-17. Underway for ISE/Crew Training from Sept. 18-20 and 25-27.

October 10, The Mount Whitney commenced a Planned Maintenance Availability (PMA) at NORSHIPCO. Underway for sea trials from Dec. 17-19.

January 18, 2002 USS Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a week-long underway in support of Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 02-1.

From February 9 through April 14, the Mount Whitney was underway in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR in support of exercise Strong Resolve. Port calls to Kiel, Germany, (Feb. 24-27); Gdynia, Poland, (March 15-18); Copenhagen (March 19-22); Rotterdam (March 24-27); Cobh, Ireland, (March 29- April 1) and Lisbon (April 3-6).

April 29, The amphibious command and control ship departed homeport in support of JTFEX 02-2. Underway for Initial Assessment (IA) from May 7-8; Crew Training (May 29-31, June 28- July 1 and July 18-19); Final Evaluation Phase (FEP) from July 22-24.

July 26, The Mount Whitney departed Norfolk for a Family Day Cruise. Underway for sea trials from Aug. 28-29; Crew Training (Aug. 4-5, Sept. 18 and 20th). Underway again for sea trials from Oct. 29-30.

November 12, USS Mount Whitney departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, to the Central Command AoR, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

November 13, The Mount Whitney embarked Commander, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa at Morehaed City, N.C..

November 24, LCC 20 arrived in Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a brief port visit. Port call to Valletta, Malta, from Dec. 1-4.

December 9, For the first time ih her 32 years of naval service, USS Mount Whitney transited the Suez Canal.

January 10, 2003 The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) completed a two-day exercise with maritime forces from Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 in the Gulf of Aden Jan. 6. The two headquarters exercised operational staff procedures aboard LCC 20 and Spanish flagship Navarra. Also, the Mount Whitney, German frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and German tanker Rhon served as maneuver and support elements throughout the training.

June 13, USS Mount Whitney returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the ongoing war on terrorism.

August 13, Capt. Christopher M. Wode relieved Capt. David W. Prothero as the 19th CO of the Mount Whitney.

February 24, 2004 USS Mount Whitney returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month, $30 million worth, maintenance availability period at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation (NORSHIPCO). The ship went through a huge series of upgrades and renovations besides the service diesel generator (SSDG) installation. Berthings were renovated. Old, worn-out decks were ripped up and new tiles were laid. Some spaces were totally remodeled. Piping systems which were not quite up to par were replaced. Many technological upgrades were made, as well.

May 17, The Mount Whitney departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, afer a three-day port visit. Returned home on 28th. Underway for JTFEX 04-2 from June 11-22. Port call to New York City in July.

August 31, The 2nd Fleet flagship departed Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

October 1, Rear Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald relieved Vice Adm. Gary Roughead as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS Mount Whitney.

January 14, 2005 USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) departed Norfolk en route to Gaeta, Italy, where it will serve as the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship. The amphibious command/joint command ship will now be forward-deployed in Europe, after 34 years being homeported in Norfolk as the 2nd Fleet flagship. The entire crew of Mount Whitney deployed to Gaeta. However, some will transfer to La Salle and return to the United States in place of La Salle crew members who chose to stay in Italy aboard the Mount Whitney.

January 26, The Mount Whitney pulled into Lisbon, Portugal, for a scheduled port call. Returned to Gaeta on Feb. 1.

February 25, Vice Adm. Harry Ulrich, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, transferred his flag from USS La Salle (AGF 3) to USS Mount Whitney in a ceremony aboard both ships. In preparation for its new role, LCC/JCC 20 underwent a two-month shipyard period to upgrade automated electronics systems. Also, Mount Whitney’s size advantage over La Salle allows for enhanced command and control capabilities for U.S. 6th Fleet, as well as NATO forces in Europe. To improve efficiency and effectiveness, she is also embracing a new manning model. Down from 576 active-duty Sailors, ship’s company now includes a mix of 157 active-duty Navy and 146 civilian mariners. Capt. Charles L. Wheeler is the new commanding officer.

May 17, The Mount Whitney departed Gaeta to conduct certification exercises with NATO’s Joint Command Lisbon battle staff embarked. The two-week exercise, Allied Action '05, is a command post exercise to practice the procedures for planning and mounting an operation based on the NATO Response Force (NRF) and Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) concepts.

May 30, USS Mount Whitney recently departed Barcelona, Spain, after a brief port visit.

September 28, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport to take part in Destined Glory (Loyal Midas) 2005, a multinational crisis response exercise from Sept. 29- Oct. 14. Ten NATO countries will provide about 8,500 personnel, 39 ships and 60 aircraft for the sea, land and air exercise on the Italian island of Sardinia and in the adjacent waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

January 15, 2006 LCC/JCC 20 arrived off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia, to help commemorate the presidental inauguration of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Jan 16. President Johnson-Sirleaf is the first woman to be elected as head of an African state.

February 9, USS Mount Whitney departed in early February to conduct Joint Task Force (JTF) training as part of the ongoing warfare certification process that will culminate this September during exercise Austere Challenge.

April 26, Capt. Joseph W. Kuzmik relieved Capt. Charles L. Wheeler as the 21st CO of Mount Whitney.

August 17, USS Mount Whitney departed homeport to assume authority for U.S. military support operations in the vicinity of Lebanon and the eastern Mediterranean effective. Joint Task Force Lebanon will continue to assist the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and will be postured to support humanitarian relief operations.

September 1, The Mount Whitney pulled into Limasoll, Cyprus, for a port visit.

September 9, The 6th Fleet amphibious command/joint command ship returned to Gaeta from operations supporting Joint Task Force Lebanon. Mount Whitney initially steamed out July 17 in support of the assisted departure of American citizens from Lebanon, just two days after returning from a six-week underway period to support exercise Steadfast Jaguar. The ship then returned home July 29, only to depart Gaeta once again Aug. 17.

May 12, 2007 USS Mount Whitney and the embarked joint staff are currently participating in exercise Flexible Leader 07. Flexible Leader is a joint exercise designed to conduct scenario-based training to increase the joint speed and cohesiveness when standing up a Joint Forces Maritime Component Command in direct support of Commander, Naval Forces Europe-Commander, Sixth Fleet strategic priority to respond to any contingency.

July 7, The Mount Whitney pulled into Koper, Slovenia, for a five-day port visit.

September 10, USS Mount Whitney recently pulled into Marseille, France, for a scheduled port visit. Inport Valletta, Malta, from Sept. 14-17.

September 18, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a brief port call.

September 24, LCC/JCC 20 is making preparations to take on approximately 70 ship riders from six countries in the region of the Black and Caspian Seas for a five-day underway event starting today in Constanta, Romania. The Black Sea Partnership Cruise is part of the Maritime Partnership Program, a larger U.S. government team effort to enhance stability worldwide by promoting cooperation and maritime safety and security; Arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, in late September.

October 11, The Sixth Fleet flagship departed Istanbul, Turkey, after a three-day port visit and is currently hosting the embarked staff of U.S. Sixth Fleet while they undergo Joint Forces Maritime Component Command training. The crew is also preparing for Joint Task Force recertification during Austere Challenge 08, set to take place next summer.

March 6, 2008 USS Mount Whitney departed Portsmouth, England, after a three-day port visit, completing a NATO exercise.

March 25, The amphibious command/joint command ship arrived in Split, Croatia, for a four-day port call.

May 17, LCC/JCC 20 arrived off the coast of Lebanon to support additional communication requirements for U.S. Navy ships.

September 1, The 6th Fleet amphibious command/joint command ship departed Souda Bay, Crete, after a four-day port visit.

September 5, USS Mount Whitney pulled into port of Poti, still partially occupied by hundreds of Russian troops, to deliver more than 17 tons of humanitarian aid to the Republic of Georgia, in support of Operation Assured Delivery.

October 31, The Mount Whitney arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit.

November 7, LCC/JCC 20 departed Sevastopol, Ukraine, after a brief port call. The amphibious command ship is currently underway for a regularly scheduled deployment.

November 8, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, to host the 2nd annual Black Sea Partnership Cruise, a multinational event designed to strengthen ongoing partnerships and increase interoperability among Black Sea nations, from Nov. 10-18.

January 14, 2009 USS Mount Whitney departed Marseille, France, after commemorating the 100th anniversary of the "Great White Fleet." Inport Toulon, France, from Jan 16-19.

January 22, The Whitney recently arrived in Barcelona, Spain, for a scheduled port visit.

February 1, The 6th Fleet flagship is currently underway in the Mediterranean Sea in support of Austere Challenge 2009, a joint evolution designed to exercise U.S. capability across the full range of military operations in the European theater.

April 17, Capt. Karl O. Thomas relieved Capt. Owen P. Honors as the 23rd CO of the Mount Whitney, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship. LCC/JCC 20 will participate in a two-week exercise Phoenix Express 2009, starting April 22.

May 28, In transit to the annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise in the Baltic Sea, June 8-19, USS Mount Whitney visited the waters off the coast of Normandy, May 23-26, to celebrate the historical significance of the Battles of Midway and Normandy.

June 3, The amphibious command/joint command ship departed Klaipeda, Lthuania, after a three-day port call. Inport Kiel, Germany, from June 19-22.

July 4, USS Mount Whitney returned to Gaeta after a "tiger cruise" from Rota, Spain.

February 1, 2010 The 6th Fleet flagship departed homeport to conduct routine training in the Mediterranean Sea.

March 16, LCC/JCC 20 departed Toulon, France, after a four-day port call.

April 30, The Mount Whitney departed Gaeta in support of annual joint Exercise Austere Challenge 2010 in the Mediterranean Sea.

May 28, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Portsmouth, England, for a three-day port call.

June 4, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Gdynia, Poland, to participate in multinational exercise BALTOPS 2010.

June 18, The amphibious command/joint command ship arrived in Kiel, Germany, for Kiel Week 2010.

June 28, LCC/JCC 20 departed Ventspils, Latvia, after a four-day port visit.

July 2, The Mount Whitney moored at Zeebrugge naval base to participate in the 30th Belgian Navy Days.

July 16, USS Mount Whitney arrived at HMNB Devenport in Plymouth, England, to participate in a multinational humanitarian training Exercise FRUKUS 2010, July 19-25; Inport Brest, France, from July 29- Aug. 2.

August 4, The 6th Fleet flagship arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a scheduled port call.

August 12, Capt. Jeffrey S. Ruth relieved Capt. Karl O. Thomas as CO of the Mount Whitney during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in Lisbon.

August 28, USS Mount Whitney departed Amsterdam, Netherlands, after a three-day port visit.

September 7, The amphibious command/joint command ship pulled into Rostock, Germany, for a scheduled port call.

September 11, LCC/JCC 20 arrived in Klaipeda, Lithuania, to participate in the international Special Operations Forces Exercise Jackal Stone 2010, which will start on Sept. 13 in Lithuania and Poland.

October 6, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Port of Tarragona for a three-day visit to Spain.

October 11, The Mount Whitney returned to homeport after a "Tiger Cruise" completing the five-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

December 2, The 6th Fleet flagship arrived in Split, Croatia, for a three-day port call.

February 5, 2011 USS Mount Whitney pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit.

March 20, LCC/JCC 20 is currently acting as main command ship for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.

March 24, The Whitney recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Italy, for a brief port call.

May 5, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a four-day port visit.

June 3, The amphibious command ship pulled into Kiel, Germany, for a scheduled port visit before participating in a multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2011.

June 17, USS Mount Whitney, along with USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), arrived again in Kiel for a Kiel Week celebration.

July 6, Sailors and civil service mariners began maintenance on the Mount Whitney, just ahead of their scheduled Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection next month.

August 13, USS Mount Whitney anchored in the Bay of Theoule for a three-day visit to France to participate in the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Theoule-sur-Mer.

September 7, Capt. Ted R. Williams relieved Capt. Jeffrey S. Ruth as CO of the Mount Whitney during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Gaeta.

September 15, USS Mount Whitney pulled into "Viktor Lenac" shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia, for a two-month maintenance availability. The ship entered the dry-dock Sept. 28.

November 9, LCC/JCC 20 moved from dry-dock to a Victor Lenac shipyard's pier. The work package included upgrading the Close-In Weapons System, replacing 26 tons of steel, inspecting and cleaning 82 tanks and voids, and a complete inspection and preservation of the ship’s hull.

February 28, 2012 The Mount Whitney pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.

March 4, The 6th Fleet flagship pulled into Grand Harbor in Valletta, Malta, for a scheduled maintenance at Palumbo shipyards. Underway for sea trials on March 19; Returned home on March 30.

June 25, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Rhodes, Greece, for a four-day port visit.

August 14, The Mount Whitney anchored off the coast of Theoule-sur-Mer, France, for a five-day port visit to commemorate the 68th anniversary of allied troops landing in Provence during World War II.

November 19, USS Mount Whitney anchored off the coast of Monte-Carlo for a two-day port visit to participate in the Monaco's National Day celebration.

November 19, Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, relieved of command Capt. Ted R. Williams due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command stemming from allegations of misconduct." Capt. Craig A. Clapperton assumed command of the LCC/JCC 20.

February 9, 2013 The amphibious command/joint command ship departed homeport for routine training. Brief stop in Augusta Bay, Siciliy, on Feb. 11.

February 15, USS Mount Whitney arrived in Genoa, Italy, for a two-month overhaul at San Giorgio del Porto shipyard. Underway for sea trials from April 15-18.

May 15, The Mount Whitney is currently underway for routine training.

May 26, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Lisbon, Portugal, for a four-day port visit in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO.

June 7, LCC/JCC 20 pulled into Ventspils, Latvia, for a three-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of the annual multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2013.

June 21, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Kiel, Germany, for a four-day port visit to participate in annual Kiel Week maritime celebration. Returned home on July 3; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 5.

August 13, The Mount Whitney anchored off the coast of Theoule-sur-Mer, France, for a four-day port visit to commemorate the 69th anniversary of allied troops landing in Provence during World War II.

October 2, The amphibious command/joint command ship is currently underway for routine training in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

October 22, USS Mount Whitney, with embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 Det. 1, departed Gaeta, Italy, for a routine patrol.

October 29, The Mount Whitney arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call. Transited Bosphorus Strait northbound on Nov. 4.

November 5, USS Mount Whitney pulled into Burgas, Bulgaria, for a three-day port visit. Inport Batumi, Georgia, from Nov. 11-13.

November 16, LCC/JCC 20 moored at Passenger Terminal in Constanta, Romania, for a three-day port visit, one day later than scheduled due to strong winds; Departed Black Sea on Nov. 20; Returned home on Nov. 2?.

January 31, 2014 USS Mount Whitney departed homeport to provide maritime protection for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Transited Bosporus Strait northbound on Feb. 4.

February 24, The Mount Whitney moored at Karakoy Pier in Istanbul, Turkey, for a three-day port visit. Returned to Gaeta, Italy, on March 3; Underway for routine training from March 18-20; Underway again on April 2?.

April 28, USS Mount Whitney moored at Santa Apolonia Passenger Terminal in Lisbon, Portugal, for a four-day port visit; Anchored off Lisbon from May 2-5.

May 6, The Mount Whitney commenced its participation in NATO exercise Trident Jaguar, off the coast of Menorca, Spain; Anchored off Mahon from May 9-11; Returned home on May 16.

May 28, USS Mount Whitney recently departed Gaeta to participate in annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014. Transited English Channel on June 2; Entered the Baltic Sea on June 4.

June 5, LCC/JCC 20 anchored off Karlskrona, Sweden, for a three-day port visit before participating in at-sea phase of BALTOPS '14.

June 20, USS Mount Whitney moored at Tirpitzmole, Tirpitzhafen Naval Base in Kiel, Germany, for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Kiel Week celebration. Transited the Great Belt Strait northbound on June 27; Anchored off Zeebrugge, Belgium, on July 2.

July 3, The Mount Whitney moored at Albert II dock North Container Terminal in Port of Zeebrugge for a four-day visit in conjunction with the 34th annual Belgian Navy Days. Returned home on July 15.

July 17, Capt. Mark J. Columbo relieved Capt. Craig A. Clapperton as the 27th CO of Mount Whitney during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Gaeta.

August 13, USS Mount Whitney anchored off Theoule-sur-Mer, France, for a four-day visit to commemorate the 70th anniversary of allied troops landing in Provence during World War II. The ship departed homeport on Aug. 12; Participated in a pass and review off the coast of Toulon on Aug. 15.

September 10, Brodogradiliste Viktor Lenac D.D., Rijeka, Croatia, was awarded a $21,4 million for a six-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) of USS Mount Whitney. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $29,7 million. Work is expected to be completed by July 2015.