USS Mount Whitney Arrives in Batumi (October 6)

USS Mount Whitney Arrives in Batumi (October 6)

BATUMI – The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) will arrive in Batumi for a port visit October 12 as part of a regularly scheduled deployment, remaining until October 15.  This will be the ship’s fourth visit to Georgia.  While in the Black Sea, the Mount Whitney will conduct port visits and bilateral exercises with U.S. allies and partner navies.  The ship’s operations are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capabilities of U.S. regional partners.

Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Batumi demonstrates the shared commitment between the United States and Georgia to promote safety and stability in the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance cooperation between both countries.  In addition to a reception for local officials, tours of the ship, and a friendly soccer match between U.S. sailors and the Georgian Coast Guard, several joint training exercises will take place.  Mount Whitney’s port visit also provides American sailors an opportunity to explore local historical sites and build lasting partnerships with their Georgian naval counterparts.

The USS Mount Whitney entered the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  The ship is home-ported in Gaeta, Italy, and on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.  The U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in coordination with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa)