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     LCC-20  Mount Whitney      

Fotografia deFebruary 2014. Black Sea. Photo by B. Hopsirokov.
Country: USA
Class, [Type]: Blue Ridge, [LCC]

Callsign: NOGB ( November Oscar Golf Bravo )

Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, USA.
Homeport: Gaeta, Italy.
Laid down: 8 January 1969.
Launch date: 8 January 1970.
Commission date: 16 January 1971.

Displacement ( tons ): 9700 light, 18400 full load.
Dimensions ( metres ): 189 x 33 x 9.
Main machinery: 1 x General Electric steam turbine ( 22000 hp ).
Speed ( knots ): 21.
Range ( miles ): 13000 at 16 knots.
Complement: 162 ( 12 officers ).

Guns: 2 x 6 GE/GD Vulcan Phalanx Mk15 CIWS 20mm, 2 x 1 Bushmaster Mk38 25mm, 4 x 1 12,7mm.
Boats and landing craft carried: 3 x LCP, 2 x LCVP.

Radar: Navigation: AN/SPS-67, AN/SPS-73.
Countermeasures: Decoys: 4 x Mk36 SRBOC, AN/SLQ-25A Nixie towed acoustic torpedo decoy; ESM/ECM: AN/SLQ-32.
Helicopter: 1 x SH-60 Sea Hawk.
Comment: In February 2005, Mount Whitney left Norfolk for Gaeta, Italy where she was assumed duties as the 6th Fleet flagship, officially relieving La Salle.

Year of visit the Black Sea:  2007 | 2008 | 2013 | 2014 | 2016
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