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U.S. 6th Fleet Flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) Celebrates 46th Year of Excellence
USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) celebrated its 46th birthday with a cake cutting ceremony while in Rijeka, Croatia for its 2017 shipyard period, Jan. 16, 2017.
"At 46 years young, USS Mount Whitney is the 3rd oldest ship in the United States Navy. While it would be reasonable to assume that a ship in commission that long would be approaching the end of her usefulness, that is certainly not the case for Mount Whitney. Our ship defies her age by continuing to prove her importance to our nation. Her operational schedule last year was as intense as any other ship in the Navy. This year, with the efforts we are putting into her life-cycle extension, I am confident that Mount Whitney will continue to serve long after many of her newest sailors today are retired."
- Capt. Kevon Hakimzadeh, USS Mount Whitney commanding officer