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Mount Whitney Departs Lisbon, Portugal
The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departs Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 16, 2018, following a scheduled port visit.
During the ship’s stay in Lisbon, Mount Whitney embarked approximately 130 NATO staff members in anticipation of exercise Trident Juncture 2018. Trident Juncture is a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO and partner nations.
"The port visit was an outstanding success,” said Capt. George R. Aguilar, commanding officer of Mount Whitney. “Although weather kept us in port longer than expected, it was a great opportunity to get our embarked crew situated and to make final preparations before the start of Trident Juncture.”
With more than 45,000 participants from 31 nations participating in Trident Juncture, NATO allies and partners have the opportunity to build capacity and cohesion in support of Article 5 of the NATO charter.
U.S. Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic George E. Glass visited Mount Whitney and received a tour from Aguilar. He also attended an all-hands call where he presented awards to crewmembers.
Mount Whitney, homeported in Gaeta, Italy, is on a routine deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.