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USS Mount Whitney Arrives in Thessaloniki, Greece

September 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams

The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sept. 10, 2018, for a scheduled port visit.

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Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Thessaloniki demonstrates the shared commitment we have to promote security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our relationship with our Hellenic maritime allies.

While in Thessaloniki, Mount Whitney Sailors will be representing the U.S. Navy at the Thessaloniki International Fair.

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"It is an honor to represent the U.S. Navy at the Thessaloniki International Fair. The crew and I are excited to see the thriving, historic city and meet its excited and vibrant citizens. This year is a landmark for Hellenic-American relations with many large U.S. corporations attending the Thessaloniki International Fair. This visit will be a great opportunity for us to experience the people, culture and cuisine that is unique to Greece.”

-Capt. George R. Aguilar, commanding officer of Mount Whitney

Quick Facts: 
Mount Whitney leadership is scheduled to meet with several officials from the city. The ship will also be providing a tour for local media and a reception for distinguished guests.
The ship’s visit to Greece will enhance maritime security and stability, as well as help form strong bonds with our Hellenic Navy counterparts.
Mount Whitney, forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
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.
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