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Navy Presence Off Israel Grows as USS Mount Whitney Deploys to Region with Senior Admiral Aboard


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The Navy's fleet commander in Europe and the command-and-control ship USS Mount Whitney are deploying to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea amid a U.S. military buildup in the region to support Israel as it wages a bloody war against Hamas, the service announced Wednesday.

In a released statement, the Navy said the Mount Whitney -- the 6th Fleet's flagship -- departed its port at Gaeta, Italy, "in support of U.S. operations." A Navy spokesman confirmed to Military.com that the commander of 6th fleet, Vice Adm. Thomas Ishee, and his staff were aboard.

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