KLAIPEDA, Lithuania (NNS) -- USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) hosted a reception for the president of Lithuania and the U.S. ambassador to Lithuania during a three-day port visit to Klaipeda June 1.
President Valdas Adamkus and more than 130 distinguished visitors attended the reception along with John A. Cloud, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania.
"On behalf of the entire nation, the Mount Whitney's presence is significant to the entire country," said Adamkus. "It shows respect, provides the additional strength and belief to fight for their commitment but most importantly, solidarity of the NATO community."
"Mr. President, it's certainly an honor having you on board USS Mount Whitney," said Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer, Mount Whitney. "I would like to publicly thank Lithuania for their support in Kosovo, Iraq and especially Afghanistan."
The U.S. and Lithuanian navies have worked together in the past engaging in maritime exercises and training evolutions.
"It is a visible symbol of commitment our two countries share through security, common principles and an enduring friendship," said Cloud. "Lithuania is an important ally of the U.S., an ally that has joined us in difficult missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq and a number of hotspots."
Mount Whitney will continue her transit to BALTOPS, the largest international exercise organized in the Baltic Sea.
Mount Whitney, the U.S. 6th Fleet's flagship, is homeported in Gaeta, Italy, and operates with a hybrid crew of U.S. Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners.
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