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USS Carney Big Success in Black Sea Engagements

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Story Number: NNS050518-18
Release Date: 5/18/2005 3:43:00 PM

From USS Carney Public Affairs

ABOARD USS CARNEY, Mediterranean Sea (NNS) -- Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) did their part to advance regional maritime security by completing a series of Black Sea engagement evolutions May 11.

The engagements included port visits to Turkey and Ukraine, as well as training exercises with both countries' navies. All of the events supported the U.S. 6th Fleet’s multifaceted, long-term Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) strategy, designed to enhance interoperability with countries throughout the region.

“The crew of USS Carney performed magnificently in a wide variety of tasks in the Black Sea,” said Cmdr. Joe Chiaravallotti, Carney commanding officer. “From serving as ambassadors ashore in Turkey and Ukraine, to proudly demonstrating the U.S. Navy’s professionalism at sea, these Sailors made a real difference in the Black Sea region.”

Carney participated in the Turkish Marmaris International Maritime Festival, and then proceeded to Sevastopol, Ukraine, to take part in celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of V-E Day. Both port visits included hosting Sailors from the respective navies aboard for training opportunities.

Carney wrapped up the Black Sea engagements by conducting exercises at sea with the Turkish navy, focusing on communications, navigation and seamanship – all leading to increased familiarity and interoperability between the navies.

The U.S. Navy conducts TSC efforts throughout the region, including the Gulf of Guinea, North Africa, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and North Atlantic.

“Theater Security Cooperation efforts are key to developing strategic regional partnerships that aid in the development of a comprehensive maritime theater picture,” said Vice Adm. Harry Ulrich, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet. “Regional security lies in mutual cooperation and interoperability. The Sailors on board Carney embodied the Sailor-ambassador concept and directly increased multinational interoperability through their efforts.”

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Nicholas Jefferson was the data link operator for the communications portion of the exercises and appreciated the opportunity to work with the Turkish navy.

“It was truly an eye-opening experience, because they had a good knowledge of the Link (communications data transfer circuit) architecture and gave quick responses, which was impressive,” said Jefferson.

The Black Sea engagements were among Carney’s final missions supporting 6th Fleet during this successful deployment.

Carney has been operating in the Mediterranean since early December and is homeported in Mayport, Fla.

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