Harbinger of war in Ukraine: What does the appearance of "Mount Whitney" in the Black Sea mean?


A few days ago, the flagship of the US 6th Fleet, the command ship Mount Whitney, entered the Black Sea, accompanied by an URO destroyer, to participate in some exercises. Comments from numerous analysts and military experts immediately poured in and began to explain what the Americans really needed here. Let's try and we insert our "five cents".


To begin with, it is necessary to say a few words about Mount Whitney itself, as it is a very unusual ship. The current flagship of the US 6th Fleet was launched in 1970 and entered service in 1971. He took part in operations on two oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, operated in the Caribbean, but ended up in the Mediterranean. In 2005, Mount Whitney became the new flagship of the 6th Fleet, replacing the former, which was the landing ship dock. Now it is based in Italy, in the port of Gaeta. We, Russians, are especially interested in Mount Whitney because it regularly appears in the Black Sea water area when something sharply anti-Russian happens there, being, in fact, a messenger of trouble.

Let's remember the brightest episodes. In 2008, the flagship of the US 6th Fleet headed for the shores of Georgia at the very moment when the so-called "Olympic war" was going on, caused by Tbilisi's aggression against South Ossetia. "Mount Whitney", according to the official statements of the Americans, delivered some "humanitarian cargo" to the Georgian port of Poti. The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, expressed doubts about the purely "humanitarian" nature of this mission.

At the same time, in October 2008, the US Navy command ship wanted to enter the port of the still Ukrainian Sevastopol, but was met with anti-NATO protests from the "ungrateful" local population. "Mount Whitney" nevertheless achieved its goal, but the crew were ordered not to descend from its side in order to avoid misunderstandings.

In 2011, the command ship was used in the Mediterranean for its intended purpose in carrying out aggression against sovereign Libya, after which this country actually ceased to exist. Let's remember this moment for the future.

On February 4, 2014, the flagship of the US 6th Fleet entered the Black Sea just as the events leading to the coup d'etat were unfolding in Ukraine. On February 21, President Viktor Yanukovych was forced to flee Kiev, and on February 22 a resolution was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, according to which he was recognized as having withdrawn from his official duties, and early presidential elections were scheduled. Maidan won.

So what do we see? Mount Whitney always appears in the Black Sea when something against Russia happens in the Black Sea countries. And now the flagship of the 6th fleet entered the Black Sea again, accompanied by a "bodyguard" in the form of an URO destroyer. What kind of trouble does he bring us this time?

Let's take a closer look at this unusual ship. Mount Whitney itself does not constitute a particular military threat. Its armament is purely symbolic and is represented by several artillery installations and large-caliber machine guns, as well as a short-range air defense system. Against aviation, navy or coastal anti-ship complexes, this is not serious. Only the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with guided missile weapons, the Porter, attached to the flagship for escort, could pose a threat. But the real strength of Mount Whitney lies elsewhere.

This is a representative of a rare class of Blue Ridge-class control ships. Even the US Navy has only two of them. It is designed to transmit and receive large amounts of protected data anywhere in the world via HF-, UHF-, VHF- and SHF-communication channels. This is the most advanced command ship in the world, allowing the Pentagon to quickly collect, transmit and analyze information for military and other purposes. In the digital age of technologies Mount Whitney gives the American command additional trump cards. And why would the United States need such a specialized ship in the Black Sea? To participate in ordinary exercises?

It is not excluded, but another explanation is possible. Let's remember our reflections that the situation in Ukraine is directly pushing Kiev to some kind of active hostilities against the DPR and LPR. With their help, the “servant of the people”, which is rapidly losing public confidence, can increase its popularity and shift attention from internal problems to an external enemy in the person of Russia, which will be forced to intervene in one form or another. This assistance can be both hidden, in the form of sending "vacationers", or open - a large-scale counter-attack in the Donbas, or even in other directions, including Kiev itself.

In this context, the dispatch of an American headquarters ship to the Ukrainian coast gets a completely adequate explanation. The Pentagon will be able to receive all the most operational intelligence information, as well as share it with Kiev. Thus, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will have an additional trump card, and Washington will have direct evidence of the participation of the Russian military and the use of our weapons in the events in Donbass.
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  1. lace4 Offline lace4
    lace4 (Vladimir) 8 November 2021 12: 08
    +2
    Murmansk - BM to this microwave bounty
  2. Cherry Offline Cherry
    Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 8 November 2021 13: 22
    -7
    So what do we see? Mount Whitney always appears in the Black Sea when something against Russia happens in the Black Sea countries.

    And what was going on against Russia? The author bluntly whips up, although the presence of NATO ships is, of course, an unpleasant moment.
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 8 November 2021 13: 40
      +6
      "Stupid"? What kind of world do you live in? Among the pink elephants?
    2. Alex Orlov Offline Alex Orlov
      Alex Orlov (Alex) 8 November 2021 14: 02
      +5
      Tatyana, are you not even embarrassed by the fact that such a specialized ship will conduct "exercises" with every little detail? This is the same as sending cyberattack specialists to train students in an information course at a local vocational school. Everything has its place and its time. Moreover, the Americans, which on a crooked goat cannot be eaten. If he appeared there, it is likely that he will perform his direct functions. And about your "... and what was started against Russia?" I will answer briefly - everything that we have seen in recent decades.
    3. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
      Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 14 November 2021 13: 24
      +1
      the author clearly wrote:

      Thus, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will have an additional trump card, and Washington will have direct evidence of the participation of the Russian military and the use of our weapons in the events in Donbass.

      So, they still have no and no evidence, and now they will finally appear.
      It turns out that this is a floating Hollywood studio.
  3. Teacher Offline Teacher
    Teacher (Wise) 8 November 2021 14: 13
    -2
    Thus, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will have an additional trump card, and Washington will have direct evidence of the participation of the Russian military and the use of our weapons in the events in Donbass.

    So what? Only the Russian authorities are “shy” (spitting) to protect their citizens. How many people and children have already died in Donbass. They are taken prisoner, mocked. In Ukraine, they openly talk about territorial claims against the Russian Federation (Kuban, Crimea), about terrorist acts in the Russian Federation, about the destruction of Russia
    Yes, no self-respecting country would do this to its citizens. And to make the United States in place of the Russian Federation, so it can only be imagined! And they are respected, they are afraid. Unlike RF. Nobody respects or fears. They know the cowardice and cynicism of the Kremlin.
    1. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
      Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 14 November 2021 13: 27
      +1
      Compare the statements of the Ukrainian government with those of the government of Papua New Guinea. Find ten differences ... Okay, let's keep it simple. Find at least one difference.
  4. Hot Dyusha Offline Hot Dyusha
    Hot Dyusha (Dyusha) 8 November 2021 15: 13
    +3
    How many are there who are groaning. The ship has entered, everything is gone, we put out the light. It will start now. Straight not the citizens of their country, but whiners and all the scavengers. And a separate caste calling to show Kuzkin the mother of the United States, Jews, hozlam, Japanese, Poles, Turks (underline the necessary). This is despite the fact that, it seems to me, 99% of these howling, do not have operational information about the forces and means ... yes, they did not serve trite and do not know what it is to fight and kill. But from the couch they are Rambo.
  5. Put_NIK Offline Put_NIK
    Put_NIK (Andrey) 8 November 2021 17: 57
    0
    Is there nothing to write about? Well, I entered the Black Sea. Now what? He entered and knows that the whole sea to Turkey is being fired by missiles from the Crimea. No one will fit in for Ukraine. So Russian nerves to shake and no more. They are arrogant but not stupid. Their hatches will just start to open and they will have a return flight.
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 8 November 2021 20: 11
      +2
      Before writing any garbage in the comments, it would be worth trying to understand what the article is about.
      1. Boa kaa Offline Boa kaa
        Boa kaa (Alexander) 8 November 2021 22: 28
        +1
        Quote: Marzhetsky
        Before writing any garbage in the comments, it would be worth trying to understand what the article is about.

        So those are people with the first signal system: what I see, I sing about that! Aksakals-saxauls-akyns, damn it!
        We will definitely not inflict physical harm on this HQ, so as not to provoke serious problems with the "partners". But to neutralize it, without prejudice to its SBU, is the task of the tasks. Yes, there is Murmansk-BM, but it crushes EVERYONE - both his own and others. And how to manage the Airborne Forces, Fleet, Aviation? Wired communication will not work. It is necessary to apply something cosmic, however.
        IMHO.
      2. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
        Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 14 November 2021 13: 30
        +1
        it would be worth trying to understand what the article is about.

        Searching for Russian military units? Have you guessed?

        and Washington - direct evidence of the participation of the Russian military and the use of our weapons in the events in the Donbass.
  6. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 8 November 2021 18: 06
    -1
    Harbinger of war in Ukraine: What does the appearance of "Mount Whitney" in the Black Sea mean?

    - Yes, a very, very bad situation ... - That's when the Mistral could come in handy for Russia (but these are just "particulars") ...
    - But even this is not the worst thing ... - and the worst thing is that the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in order to prove their loyalty to the USA (NATO) and "show readiness" and "zeal" ... - can suddenly start quite intense (if not to say large-scale) hostilities ... - and not only against the LPNR ... - but even against Russian territory ... - Start a massive shelling from all types of heavy weapons available to the Armed Forces ... - And who gave the order to the Armed Forces of Ukraine - or it was Zelensky (who already has nothing to lose); or one of the frostbitten Ukrainian newly-made generals ... - this will already be and "the point is not important" ... - the main thing is to ignite the military Russian-Ukrainian conflict ... - And there already ... - "mixed together in a bunch horses, people ... "- this is the most terrible thing ... - And this may well happen ...
    - It's ... like a "Chekhov's gun" that hangs on the wall for all the acts of the play; but then it will still shoot ...
    1. Pivander Offline Pivander
      Pivander (Alex) 8 November 2021 18: 37
      0
      Which will end faster? Dots on the keyboard or money for the Internet?
    2. Adler77 Offline Adler77
      Adler77 (Denis) 9 November 2021 00: 28
      +1
      On the contrary, this is our "dream", then you can not hesitate to destroy them.
      Maybe everything has already been agreed, the details were discussed by the ambassadors who have arrived recently, and the boat will monitor compliance with the previously reached agreements ...
      How do you like that?
    3. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
      Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 14 November 2021 13: 37
      0
      As soon as the Ukrainian Nazis try to start hostilities against Russia, almost everyone will immediately end up in Russian prisons, well, who will not have time to escape to the EU. And the political independence of Ukraine, to the unconditional joy of the majority of the population of Ukraine, will cease. You are deliberately missing out on specific facts. Ukraine annexed Crimea, and all US vassals recognized Crimea as Ukrainian territory. Russia returned Crimea overnight, and received nothing in return except waving fists from around the corner. The same will happen with the establishment of constitutional order on the territory of Ukraine by Russian troops, in response to new sanctions, Gazprom will raise gas prices, and the EU will pay Russia more than before the Ukrainian attack on Russia.
      Since the EU does not want to pay more for gas, it will not allow Ukraine, or rather the Ukrainian Nazis, to attack Russia. Like that.
  7. andrey f. Offline andrey f.
    andrey f. (andrey fuchs) 8 November 2021 19: 11
    +1
    True, I do not strive for aggression, but it’s time to answer! For all those who died in Novorossiya !!!
  8. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 8 November 2021 20: 25
    -1
    Warn the Americans that there are also beacons there, they can also close the direction in which the US will sail.
  9. Alexander Klevtsov (alexander klevtsov) 8 November 2021 22: 00
    0
    however, a mess cannot be avoided ...
  10. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 8 November 2021 23: 45
    -1
    There are more than one thousand. years someone comes in and out. For the last 1 years, Americans, formerly British, French and ... (history textbook to help).
    We have someone to deal with these problems, without us they know what and when to do. So take care of your nerves. All good drinks

  11. Adler77 Offline Adler77
    Adler77 (Denis) 9 November 2021 00: 24
    +2
    The essence is clear, if something is planned, then this ship is right there. Maybe they won't play against us (they’re lying), but they certainly won’t play for us either.
    But for statistics, how many times has it even entered the World Cup since the 2000s, for example? Is there such information? Then it will be clear whether this is the horseman of the apocalypse….
  12. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
    sH, arK 9 November 2021 10: 35
    0
    Strange, but the command ship certainly has the functionality of a scout, and not just a control center. The fact that the DUrkaini authorities need to somehow raise their rating is understandable. She promised too much and did nothing - now we need to somehow get out of the situation. I don’t think it’s real, they are seriously ready for a military escalation. The situation has changed a lot since 2014. The army corps of the LDNR may well independently restrain the APU for some, quite sufficient time, so that Russia could raise the flag of protecting its compatriots, and there are already more than 600 thousand of them in the LDNR!

    Yes, they can pressurize, but they cannot achieve their desires! LDNR will not return, it is not real in any case. It is impossible not to understand this.
  13. aquarius580 Offline aquarius580
    aquarius580 10 November 2021 04: 41
    -1
    Actually, the list of situations in which this ship was in the Black Sea concerns only Internal events in neighboring countries of the Russian Federation: the war in Georgia on the territory of Georgia, the desertion of Yanukovych from the presidency and commander-in-chief, etc. Perhaps some internal events are expected in Ukraine this time as well. Moscow, of course, will be watching; but there is no need to interfere. They have already broken the wood with two bantustans, which now in Moscow do not know how to get rid of.
  14. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 12 November 2021 08: 12
    0
    Quote: aquarius580
    In fact, the list of situations in which this ship was in the Black Sea concerns only internal events in countries neighboring the Russian Federation: the war in Georgia on the territory of Georgia,

    Don't you recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia?
    1. aquarius580 Offline aquarius580
      aquarius580 12 November 2021 14: 05
      0
      Do you recognize the independence of Tatarstan and Chechnya? Chechnya is a different state altogether, with Islamic laws. Tatarstan has its own president.
      1. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
        Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 14 November 2021 13: 42
        +1
        And the sun never sets over the British empire.
        This is what the British themselves say, because the colonies are scattered all over the Earth. The Queen of England can declare war on behalf of 15 states. On behalf of Australia, or Canada, for example.
        1. aquarius580 Offline aquarius580
          aquarius580 14 November 2021 23: 33
          -3
          This is in theory, but in practice, the decision is made by the local elites.
          1. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
            Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 22 November 2021 22: 22
            +1
            In practice, the decision is made by the Queen of England.
  15. Vladimir501 Offline Vladimir501
    Vladimir501 (Vladimir) 13 November 2021 19: 44
    +1
    A lot of words and a lot of panic, and who cares? The Kalosha floating still without any protection and weapons is already 61 years old and how do you strategists expect it to be used in the event of a possible conflict? It will be destroyed in a few seconds after issuing the command for combat launches. Enough to think on the scale of Chapaev, ahead on a dashing horse. Such command ships operate only in the middle of the battle formation under the cover of all means of protection and defense of the AUG. Now she is engaged in only one thing, intensive reconnaissance of the coast, RTS and other radio electronics, she is not capable of anything else. Do you really think that our people, those who make the decision, do not understand this? Also, as well as everyone else is better than you. For this purpose, in order not to reveal the areas of deployment of coastal defense assets, the Moskva TRK was launched into the sea, and the air defense and missile defense systems on duty operate in a daily mode and from their places. Yes, it’s not pleasant, but I think that they clearly understand that by drowning this and the other galoshes we will calm down and will not hit the places where decisions are made? They do not understand very well both this and the fact that China will immediately take advantage of the situation and begin an operation to seize Taiwan. The NATO grouping in the World Cup is differently inferior to the Black Sea Fleet, both potentially and practically in terms of intercepting aviation and missiles. The current grouping of forces and assets in the Mediterranean is quite sufficient to inflict significant damage on all forces and assets of both the United States and NATO.
    1. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
      Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 14 November 2021 13: 43
      +2
      Russia's nuclear weapons are the guarantor of peace on Earth. )))