USS Mount Whitney Departs Croatia for Large Scale Exercise 2021

The U.S. Sixth Fleet flag ship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and U.S. Sixth Fleet staff departed Split, Croatia, after a port visit July 30 – August 2, 2021, a day before the start of Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2021.

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“Over the past ten years, U.S. military assistance to Croatia reached approximately four and a half billion Kuna (over $700 million) in the form of training, equipment, infrastructure construction, and specialized military education. Since Croatia joined the NATO Alliance 12 years ago, U.S. and Croatian military personnel have served together from Afghanistan to Iraq to Kosovo….”

…Mount Whitney will kick off LSE 2021, a two-week live, scenario-driven, globally integrated exercise that will provide high-end training at sea and ashore against a challenging adversary force….

[The] U.S. military remains ready at the high–end of warfare expressly because of its global operational commitments….

LSE 2021 will include approximately 36 live ships underway ranging from aircraft carriers to submarines….Participating units will span 17 time zones to include six naval and Marine Corps component commands, five U.S. numbered Fleets and three Marine Expeditionary Forces.

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Large Scale Exercise 2021 

Large Scale Exercise (LSE) is a triennial exercise conducted by U.S. Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and U.S. Naval Forces Europe that is designed to refine how we synchronize maritime operations across multiple Fleets, in support of the joint force. The training is based on a progression of scenarios that will assess and refine modern warfare concepts….LSE 2021 is the first iteration of what will become a triennial exercise with plans for future iterations to include partners and allies from around the world.