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USS Mount Whitney
The USS Mount Whitney
has docked in Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi. The ships visit is intended to "strengthen ties" with the United States' NATO allies and partners and promote "peace and security in the region," the US Embassy in Georgia said.
The US command ship entered the Black Sea on Saturday, one day after the guided missile destroyer USS Col
e arrived in the region.
According to a press release from the US Sixth Fleet, Mount Whitney's
mission is to reassure its NATO allies of the US Navy's commitment towards strengthening and improving interoperability in the region.
"This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with our naval counterparts, enhancing alliances, and strengthening bonds as we advance our common goal of safety, stability, and security in the region," the ship's commanding officer, Captain Mark Colombo, said at the welcome ceremony.
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The ship is slated to conduct routine combined training with the Georgian Coast Guard, provide ship tours, hold a public concert for the local community, and host a reception for local officials, the US embassy in Tbilisi said in a statement
The ship is set to depart on October 18.