Celebrating liberation

USS Mount Whitney arrived in Theoule-sur-Mer, France August 13 to partake in commemorative events honoring the liberation of southern France by Allied forces during World War II.

Mount Whitney arrives in France, celebrates liberation

ABOARD USS MOUNT WHITNEY – The 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Theoule-sur-Mer, France August 13 to partake in commemorative events honoring the liberation of southern France by Allied forces during World War II.

This port call marks the third consecutive year that Mount Whitney will take part in the festivities organized by the city of Theoule-sur-Mer for this celebration.

“This is an important port visit for Mount Whitney and for the U.S. Navy,” said Capt. Craig Clapperton, Mount Whitney’s commanding officer. “This port call recognizes and celebrates the friendship and alliance between the United States and France on the anniversary of the liberation of southern France from Nazi Germany.”

While in port, Mount Whitney sailors will join residents and city officials in several cultural events designed to pay tribute to the men and women who fought to liberate France from the occupying forces of Nazi Germany. Events scheduled include wreath laying ceremonies, town square speeches, full military honors in Draguignan and several other activities hosted by the Navy League of the United States and the city of Theoule-sur-Mer.

“Having the opportunity to witness and take part in such momentous ceremonies will be a memorable highlight of my first time in France,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class Jerry Wagoner. “I’m also looking forward to visiting Theoule-sur-Mer and the surrounding towns and cities to enjoy everything they have to offer.”

Aside from the events sponsored by the Navy league and Theoule-sur-Mer, the ship will host a reception on board for local dignitaries and the citizens of Theoule-sur-Mer as a “thank you” for hosting Mount Whitney and her crew.

“This port visit gives us a great opportunity to host the U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco and the largest U.S. Navy League organization in Europe onboard the 6th Fleet flagship,” said Capt. Clapperton. “It is a fantastic opportunity for engagement for all involved, and the entire crew is very much looking forward to the week.”

Mount Whitney serves as the flagship for Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Admiral Frank C. Pandolfe. Vice Adm. Pandolfe also serves as Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; Joint Force Maritime Component Commander, Naples; Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa.

Source: DVIDS.

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One Reply to “Celebrating liberation”

  1. Rich Baird

    Will you be participating in events to commemorate the liberation of Southern France again this year? Or do you know of other US vessels participating.

    My father took part in the landings aboard LCT 1040, 15 August 1944. I will be on the coast of France on the 70th anniversary of the liberation and then in Italy, to see where my father fought.

    I would greatly appreciate any information you can give me about commemorative events to be held this year, or who I might contact for information.

    Any information or other contacts you can provide would be a great help
    Thank you
    Rich Baird

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