USS Mount Whitney hosts President of Lithuania

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KLAIPEDA, Lithuania -- USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20), sideboys stand at attention and salute Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania, as he boards the ship during a port visit here June 2. Mount Whitney is in transit to BALTOPS, the largest international exercise in the Baltic Sea. Mount Whitney, the U.S. 6th fleet flag ship, homeported in Gaeta, Italy. (Department of Defense photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sylvia Nealy)

KLAIPEDA, Lithuania — USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) crew members present the colors to the president of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, during a shipboard reception during a port visit here June 2. Mount Whitney is in transit to BALTOPS the largest international exercise in the Baltic Sea; an exercise to engender mutual understanding and maritime interoperability between U.S. Navy, NATO, and non-NATO participants. Mount Whitney is the U.S. 6th fleet flag ship and is homeported in Gaeta, Italy. (Department of Defense photo by Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Sylvia Nealy)

KLAIPEDA, Lithuania — USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) hosted a reception for the President of Lithuania and the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania during a three-day port visit here, June 1.

President Valdas Adamkus and more than 130 distinguished visitors attended the reception along with John A. Cloud, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania.

"On behalf of the entire nation, the Mount Whitney's presence is significant to the entire country," said Adamkus. "It shows respect, provides the additional strength and belief to fight for their commitment, but most importantly, solidarity of the NATO community." "Mr. President, it's certainly an honor having you on board USS Mount Whitney," said Capt. Karl.Thomas, commanding officer, USS Mount Whitney. "I would like to publicly thank Lithuania for their support in Kosovo, Iraq, and especially Afghanistan." The U.S. and Lithuanian navies have worked together in the past engaging in maritime exercises and training evolutions.

"It is a visible symbol of commitment our two countries share through security, common principles, and an enduring friendship," said Cloud. "Lithuania is an important ally of the U.S., an ally that has joined us in difficult missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq and a number of hotspots," said Cloud.

Mount Whitney will continue her transit to BALTOPS, the largest international exercise organized in the Baltic Sea.

Mount Whitney, the U.S. 6th Fleet's flagship, is homeported in Gaeta, Italy and operates with a hybrid crew of U.S. sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners.

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