The USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) is Second Fleet's flagship. During quarterly joint task force exercises, Mount Whitney trains carrier battle groups preparing to deploy for six-month cruises to the Mediterranean Sea.
The USS Mount Whitney is the most sophisticated command, control, communications, computer and intelligence ship ever commissioned. The ship can receive and transmit large amounts of secure data from any point on Earth through various communications paths. The ship can carry 450 enlisted personnel and officers and is armed with two 20 mm Close-In Weapons Systems, chaff rockets, 25 mm chain guns and .50-caliber machine guns.