U.S. Navy Destroyer, USS Carney Exits Black Sea

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed the Black Sea Jan 13, 2018, after conducting maritime security operations and theater security engagements with allies and partners. Carney entered the Black Sea Jan. 5, 2018, to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective security of its NATO allies and partners as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and in accordance with international law. Carney’s operations while in the Black Sea enhanced maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability and capacity with their allies and partners.

“Our time in the Black Sea provided the opportunity to continue working closely with our NATO allies and partners,” said Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of the Carney. “We’re building strong relationships here, which are vital to peace and stability and help to improve our interoperability.”

Carney spent three days in Odessa, Ukraine, during their time in the Black Sea. While in port, Carney Sailors, in keeping with the U.S. Naval tradition, volunteered to provide guided ship tours and donated knit hats for approximately 30 orphan children from a local orphanage.

“Hosting children in Ukraine was an opportunity for us to show off our ship, the United States, and let these orphaned children know that there are people who care about them,” said Carney Command Master Chief Petty Officer Gary Rosenbaum.

Carney’ crew also hosted a reception dinner for Ukrainian Vice Adm. Ihor Vorenchenko, commander of the Ukrainian navy.

Subsequent to the port visit, Carney conducted deck landing qualifications (DLQs) for Ukrainian pilots flying KA-27 Helix helicopters. The DLQs provided Carney’s flight crew with experience directing a different type of aircraft.

Carney then participated in combined anti-submarine warfare exercise with the Romanian frigate Regele Ferdinand (F-221) and the Turkish Ay-class submarine TCG Batiray (S-349).

“It’s always a pleasure to work with our NATO allies,” said Lt. Zachary Zarow, Carney’s operations officer. “Training with a real-life submarine is a great opportunity for our anti-sub warfare (ASW) team, and coordinating an ASW exercise between multiple ships and aircraft builds our operational capacity.

Events like this are extremely important for both Carney and our NATO counterparts and we look forward to our next chance to operate together.”

Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to advance security and stability in the region.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered 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 and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

MC2 James R. Turner

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