Gaeta is a city and commune in the province of Latina, in Lazio, central Italy. Set on a promontory stretching towards the Gulf of Gaeta, it is 50 miles (80 km) from Naples and 74 miles (120km) from Rome.
The town has played a conspicuous part in military history: its fortifications date back to Roman times, and it has several traces of the period, including the 1st-century mausoleum of the Roman general Lucius Munatius Plancus at the top of the Monte Orlando.
Gaeta's fortifications were extended and strengthened in the 15th century, especially throughout the history of the Kingdom of Naples (later the Two Sicilies). Present day Gaeta is a fishing and oil seaport, and a renowned tourist resort. NATO maintains a US Naval base of operations at Gaeta.
Gaeta serves as homeport of the USS MOUNT WHITNEY, the most sophisticated Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence (C4I) ship in commission. Gaeta is also a preferred port visit for USN, USNS, and NATO vessels transiting the Mediterranean Sea.