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Navy News Service
Story Number: NNS161202-12
Release Date: 12/2/2016 11:34:00 AM
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Weston Jones, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment Europe
ROTA, Spain (NNS) — Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, Dec. 2, completing its second forward-deployed ballistic missile defense patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations.
Carney is one of four guided-missile destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
“I could not be prouder of Carney and her Sailors. Over the course of the last four months, this ship has literally saved lives, assisting in the rescue of 97 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea; we have reinforced strategic partnerships through exercises with Romania, Turkey, and Bulgaria; and we have taken the fight to those who threaten our nation through participation in Operation Odyssey Lightning. The ship gets the credit, but it’s the Sailors of ‘Carney Nation’ that made it happen.” – Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, Commanding Officer, USS Carney
“With more than 20 years in the Navy, I can honestly say that I have never been more impressed with the attitude, motivation, and professionalism of Carney Sailors. The crew’s ability to always be flexible and attack any challenge that comes their way is a true measure of the quality of today’s Navy Sailors. I am privileged to be a part of their Navy and honored to have the responsibility of leading them every day!” – Master Chief Petty Officer Gary Rosenbaum, Command Master Chief, USS Carney
Carney left for this second patrol July 25.
On July 29, Carney assisted in the rescue of 97 migrants in a small craft in the Mediterranean Sea.
Carney was attached to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group during Operation Odyssey Lightning and directly supported operations conducted against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Sirte, Libya.
Carney conducted an at-sea change of command ceremony where Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen relieved Cmdr. Ken Pickard as commanding officer Nov. 5.
Many Sailors aboard Carney reached a new milestone in their careers while on patrol. Thirty-one enlisted Sailors and one officer were promoted. Two officers earned their surface warfare officer pins, one officer earned her surface warfare Supply Corps officer pin, and 36 Sailors earned their enlisted surface warfare specialist pins.
While on patrol, Carney conducted 12 strait transits, more than seven small-boat operations, and nine replenishment-at-sea evolutions with ships from the Military Sealift Command and Spanish navy.
Carney conducted flight operations with the Wasp ARG, and the Spanish and Turkish navies.
Carney participated in SMARTEX-162, an integrated maritime training exercise with the Spanish navy, and Exercise Mavi Balina 16 — a Turkish led, multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise.
Carney’s port visits included Rota, Spain; Souda Bay, Greece; Piraeus, Greece; and Aksaz, Turkey.
Carney is the fourth Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer to be forward deployed to Rota, Spain, in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquarted in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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