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Photographer:Emmanuel.L [View profile]Title:USS MOUNT WHITNEY LCC20Added:Feb 13, 2020
Captured:February 12, 2020IMO:UnavailableHits:687
Location:Valletta, Malta
Photo Category: Landing Ships
with the local tugs assisting she leaves port.
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Pennant no.:LCC20
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Emmanuel.L on Feb 16, 2020 06:17 (3 days ago)
Well manuscan, being a command vessel she needs a lot of antennas to keep in touch or retrieve intelligence from the airwaves.
manuscan on Feb 15, 2020 20:40 (4 days ago)
Same objects seems to be on deck, down the starboard wing.
Emmanuel.L on Feb 15, 2020 15:43 (4 days ago)
Thanks Christian , but you got to admit from afar they look like carley floats. Thanks my friend for clearing it up for MattyBoy and also me.
Due thanks and best regards
Christian Herrou on Feb 14, 2020 14:22 (5 days ago)
MattyBoy - Emmanuel.L : the 3 objects under the lower bridge are not "Carley Float" and nothing to do with raft for rescue - it's antenna
itsfoto on Feb 14, 2020 09:13 (5 days ago)
thanks for shedding some light on the question of her use and function. Whether an amphibious command ship is a landing ship or not is probably a question of semantics, I guess. It seems that more than anything she is a floating computer.
Emmanuel.L on Feb 14, 2020 04:58 (5 days ago)
Hey MattyBoy I think they are rafts for rescue, what they used to call as "Carley Floats".These days there are more of the inflatable ones, so they could also be something else, maybe some member is more knowledgeable than me.
Emmanuel.L on Feb 14, 2020 04:53 (5 days ago)
Malim, she is a landing ship, but she is also a command ship, a command ship could be a cruiser .a large supply ship etc. It is the time, situation etc . that the high command denotes a ship to be used as such.
Emmanuel.L.Stafrace(Malta) ,
davidships on Feb 13, 2020 23:44 (5 days ago)
Malim Sahib on Feb 13, 2020 22:33 (5 days ago)
This isn't a landing ship but instead a command ship, indeed she's the flagship/command ship of the US 6th Fleet. As well as accommodating the Admiral of the 6th Fleet and his staff, she also serves as a communications hub.
She doesn't carry troops/landing craft etc so doesn't participate in amphibious operations.
MattyBoy on Feb 13, 2020 21:46 (6 days ago)
What are the 3 objects under the lower bridge windows?
Emmanuel.L on Feb 13, 2020 21:17 (6 days ago)
A landing ship these days is not like it was during WW2 with a ramp to land tanks and troops direct onto enemy shores, but these vessels have troops and equipment ready on board to combat any urgent need, they also are used as a command vessel in such situations.
itsfoto on Feb 13, 2020 19:43 (6 days ago)
pls excuse my ignorance, but how can this be a landing ship? what does it do and how? Uwe
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