US Navy flagship returns to Malta’s Grand Harbour

The flagship of the United States Sixth Fleet has returned to Malta’s historic Grand Harbour for the first time in six years.

The USS Mount Whitney is the command and control ship of the United States Navy and NATO in the Mediterranean.

While in Malta, the crew will enjoy several days of rest and recuperation and will have opportunities to visit the opening celebrations to mark Valletta’s year as European Capital of Culture.

In keeping with US Navy tradition, members of the crew have volunteered to take part in a number of community projects to help good causes in Malta and Gozo.

Mount Whitney has a complement of 150 enlisted personnel, 12 officers and 150 civilian mariners.

It carries enough food to feed the crew for 90 days and can transport supplies to support an emergency evacuation of 3,000 people.

The ship is named after Mount Whitney, the 14,946-foot peak in the Sierra-Nevada range in California.