U.S. Sixth Fleet (SIXTHFLT) command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and staff arrived in Istanbul, Turkey for a scheduled port visit, Nov. 1.
The ship’s presence in the Eastern Mediterranean demonstrates the U.S. Navy and NATO’s continued commitment to collective defense of the European region and reinforces the strength of the NATO alliance.
SIXTHFLT and NATO forces routinely work with their Turkish counterparts through operations and exercises in the Mediterranean and Black Seas….This teamwork…demonstrates the U.S. and NATO’s commitment to…the Black Sea.
Following this port visit, Mount Whitney will join USS Porter (DDG 78) in the Black Sea to further enhance collaboration between U.S. and NATO forces at sea. NATO allies and partners stand together…building partner capacity to improve effectiveness and interoperability.
STRIKFORNATO, headquartered on Oeiras, Portugal, is Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s (SACEUR) premier, rapidly deployable and flexible, maritime power projection Headquarters, capable of planning and executing full spectrum joint maritime operations, primarily through the integration of U.S. naval and amphibious forces, in order to provide assurance, deterrence, and collective defence for the Alliance.