The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Odessa, Ukraine, Jan. 11, 2018, after a scheduled port visit.
The visit to Odessa demonstrates a shared commitment to promote security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with partners in the Black Sea.
“The crew and I enjoyed our time in Odessa,” said Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of Carney. “We had the privilege of welcoming aboard the Commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Vice Adm. Ihor Vorenchenko. We also had the opportunity to conduct joint interoperability talks with officers of the Ukrainian Navy and welcome local children aboard for tours. It was a tremendous honor to represent the United States of America here in Odessa and build our mutual operating capacity.”
After departing Odessa, the Carney conducted deck landing qualifications for Ukrainian Navy pilots, in which two Ukrainian KA-27 Helix helicopters launched and landed on Carney’s flight deck providing Carney’s flight crew experience of operations with a different type of aircraft.
USS Carney entered the Black Sea Jan. 5, 2018, to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective defense of the Black Sea.
The ship’s operations in the Black Sea falls under Operation Atlantic Resolve and are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, as well as the combined naval capability and capacity among allies and partners.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol to support U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
MC2 James Turner