September 11, 2012
GAETA, Italy - Information Systems
Technician 3rd Class Derek Pitre, left, and Operations Specialist Seaman Apprentice Douglas Mellon, right, raise the national ensign during morning colors on the flightdeck of USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). The crew aboard Mount Whitney and embarked U.S. 6th Fleet staff attended morning colors as
part of a ceremony to remember those who lost their lives during the
terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Mount Whitney, homeported in Gaeta, Italy, is the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship and operates with a combined crew of U.S. Sailors and MSC civil service mariners. The civil service mariners perform navigation, deck, engineering, laundry and galley service operations while military personnel aboard support communications, weapons systems and security.