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USS Mount Whitney Set for Norfolk Return
by 2nd Fleet Public Affairs
Navy News Service
June 11, 2003

NORFOLK, Va. -- Amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) will return to Norfolk, Va., June 13, completing a seven-month deployment.

Mount Whitney departed Nov. 12, 2002, in support of the ongoing war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mount Whitney, one of the Navy’s premier command and control platforms, has served as the flagship of Commander, Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) since departing Norfolk last fall.

Mount Whitney embarked elements of the 2nd Marine Division and II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., under the command of Marine Corps Maj. Gen. John F. Sattler. The task force was comprised of approximately 1,300 service members – 400 aboard Mount Whitney and another 900 at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, a tiny east African country in the Horn of Africa region.

Mount Whitney is commanded by Capt. David Prothero and has a complement of approximately 560 officers and enlisted personnel. The most sophisticated command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) ship ever commissioned, Mount Whitney incorporates various elements of the most advanced C4I equipment available today, giving the embarked commander an enhanced capability to effectively command all units under the CJTF.

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