20:24 / 31.07.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

USS Mount Whitney docks in Split

USS Mount Whitney

USS Mount Whitney

Foto: Goran Kovacic / Pixsell

The command ship of the United States Sixth Fleet, USS Mount Whitney, is visiting the southern Croatian Adriatic city of Split.

Dave Pollard, Commander of USS Mount Whitney, said on Saturday that the US-Croatian partnership on land and at sea is crucial for the military cooperation and common security of the two countries.


US Chargé d'Affaires Mark Fleming said they were glad to be in Split and that the defence cooperation between the United States and Croatia was the cornerstone of their bilateral relations.


Over the last 10 years, US military aid to Croatia has reached nearly HRK 4.5 billion, which is more than $700 million, for training, equipment, infrastructure building and specialised military training, Fleming said.


Since Croatia joined NATO 12 years ago, US and Croatian personnel have served together from Afghanistan to Iraq to Kosovo. The US-Croatian partnership on land and at sea is crucial for the military cooperation and common security of our two countries, Fleming added.


Vice Admiral Gene Black, Commander of the US Sixth Fleet, said that Croatia stands as an important NATO ally, facilitating the maintenance of US Navy forward deployed ships.


Croatian shipyards are world class, and mine action capabilities ensure a continued maritime presence and security in the whole region, Black said.


Dave Pollard, Commander of USS Mount Whitney, added that the US-Croatian military cooperation brings stability and prosperity to this region.


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