June 29, 2012
MEDITERRANEAN SEA - U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and USS Cole (DDG 67) steam in formation in the Mediterranean Sea. 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.