The command ship USS Mount Whitney Visits Monaco on the occasion of the Principality’s National Day
The amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) visited the Principality of Monaco to participate in Monaco's National Day celebration, Nov. 19-21, 2012.
During the visit, Mount Whitney Sailors participated in a parade through the city-state, provided tours of the ship, and met with senior local officials.
"Monaco has been a favorite destination of 6th Fleet for many years," said Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet. "The beauty of this place and the warmth of the people are legendary and the strong ties between the United States and Monaco makes visiting Monte Carlo very special to us."
A reception aboard the ship was hosted by U.S. Ambassador to France, H.E. Charles Rivkin. "It is an honor and a privilege to be here today aboard the flagship of the 6th Fleet," said Ambassador Rivkin. "What an incredible way to show our deep appreciation for the strong ties that bind Monaco together with the United States."
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Members of the Princely Family attended this reception. "We are so pleased, my family and I, to have been able to be your host," said Prince Albert II. "We are delighted to have been able to receive all of the officers and crew of Mount Whitney."
Among all the dignitaries, H.E. Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States, as well as Members of the Consular Corps of Monaco in the United States also attended the reception.
This celebration marked the 156th anniversary of the independence of Monaco.
Mount Whitney is the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, home ported in Gaeta, Italy, and operates with a combined crew of U.S. Sailors and Military Sealift Command 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.