The ship, which is homeported in Gaeta, Italy, entered the Black Sea on Oct. 10 to “enhance maritime security, stability, readiness, and strengthen partnerships with our allies and partners,” according to the U.S. Naval Forces.
“It is a great opportunity to come into the Black Sea to continue our partnerships with the Black Sea nations, Georgia being one of our best, and we look forward to this port call,” Rear Admiral Daryl L. Caudle, Deputy Commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet, said in Batumi.
This is the fourth port visit to Georgia by the USS Mount Whitney.
It delivered humanitarian aid to Georgia’s port of Poti in early September 2008, less than a month after Georgia-Russia war. The ship also made port visit to Georgia in November 2013 and in October 2014.
The U.S. 6th fleet is headquartered in Naples, Italy. Endit