The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria Feb. 18, 2018, for a scheduled port visit.
Strengthening alliances during the visit to Bulgaria demonstrates a shared commitment to promote security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with our NATO allies and partners in the region.
“The crew and I look forward to our visit to Varna, Bulgaria. The visit promises to strengthen the cooperation between our navies in order to promote increased capacity, and ultimately strengthen peace and stability in the region. This port visit also allows some of my Sailors to give back to the community through community relations projects”, said Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, the commanding officer of USS Carney.
USS Carney entered the Black Sea to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective defense of our NATO allies and partners. This naval operation is in support of our NATO allies in eastern Europe and falls under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, as well as the combined naval capability and capacity among our allies and partners. The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
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.