BALTOPS 2014: An Exercise in a New Threat Environment

06/23/2014
06/23/2014: The Russian seizure of Crimea and continuing direct threats to Ukraine have enhanced concerns for the defense of the Baltic states. Credit: Natochannel :6/16/14 Since 1971, BALTOPS has provided an annual multinational maritime exercise aims to improve interoperability and strengthen relationships between participating nations. The objective is to promote…

USS Nimitz and USS Mount Whitney Operations in the Med

12/23/2013
12/23/2013: In this slideshow, the USS Nimitz and the USS Mount Whitney are seen operating in the Mediterranean. [slidepress gallery='uss-nimitz-operations-in-the-med']  Credit: Defense Imagery Management Operations Center:10/24/13 In the first photo, the U.S. 6th Fleet command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), foreground, and the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)…

USS Blue Ridge

07/27/2013
07/27/2013: USS Blue Ridge [slidepress gallery='uss-blue-ridge'] Credit: USS Blue Ridge:5/24/13 In the first photo, Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Jason Ellis, assigned to the Golden Hawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC-12), transports an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck aboard U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge…

BALTOPS 2013

06/10/2013
06/10/2013: Capt. Rimants Strimaitis, left, commander, Latvian Naval Forces, and Rear Adm. Ann Phillips, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, speak to members of the media during a press conference onboard the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) during Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2013. [slidepress gallery='baltops-2013'] Credit:U.S. Naval Forces…

Shaping C5ISR for the Fleet: The Case of USS Mount Whitney

07/26/2012
In a recent interview with Col. Bradley Weisz, 2nd Expeditionary Strike Group Deputy Commander, we had a chance to discuss the role of the USS Mount Whitney and its sister ship in the fleet.  These ships provide unique C5ISR capability to the fleet and to the combatant commanders as a…