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USS Carr Enters 6th Fleet AOR

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110624-05

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

USS CARR, Atlantic Ocean (NNS) -- Guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) began operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of a scheduled three-month deployment, June 24.

While in 6th Fleet, the ship's crew will be making routine port visits to strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and its partner countries.

"The U.S. Navy has historically maintained a presence in this region and this deployment is a continuation of this presence and an opportunity for us to strengthen our relationship with our partners," said Cmdr. Patrick E. Kulakowski, Carr commanding officer. "Interaction with partner nations helps build common knowledge of maritime tactics, professionalism in our Sailors, cultural understanding and the trust we all need to a maintain a safe and secure maritime environment."

Carr entered 6th Fleet's area of operation on June 22, following an eight day transit across the Atlantic Ocean. For many of the ship's crew this is their first visit to this region.

"This is the first time I have ever visited this side of the world," said Hull Technician 3rd Class Isaac Boston. "I have been in the Navy for five years and I have done deployments to South America, but I have always wanted to see Europe. This whole region has a lot of history and culture, and I just can't wait to experience it firsthand."

Carr is homeported out of Norfolk, Va., and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

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