The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Brindisi, Italy, Dec. 30, 2017, for a scheduled port visit giving the crew a chance to celebrate the U.S.-Italy relations as the two nations work together for a stable and secure Europe.
The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to the collective security of the European region.
“My crew and I are overjoyed to be in Brindisi for the New Year. Brindisi has been an important port in the Mediterranean since Roman times, and our visit shows the strong ties we have with Italy and Europe”, said Cmdr. Peter F. Halvorsen, commanding officer of Carney.
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Brindisi builds enduring relationships. It is the first visit to Brindisi since the USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) visited in 2001.
Previous port visits to Italy include Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Monterey (CG 61) in November 2017, USS Hue City (CG 66) in August 2017 and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) in December 2016. The U.S. 6th Fleet command ship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), is homeported in Gaeta, Italy.
USS Carney (DDG 64), forward-deployed to Rota, Spain is currently 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