USS Carney Final Ship to be Forward Deployed to Rota
USS Carney Final Ship to be Forward
Deployed to Rota, Spain
From Commander Surface Force Atlantic Public Affairs.
Mayport, Florida –
– September 8, August –
USS Carney (DDG 64) departed her homeport of Mayport, Florida, Sept. 6 on her
way to Rota, Spain, as the final of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile
destroyers to be forward deployed to Spain.
To enhance the security of the European region, Carney will join USS Donald Cook
(DDG 75), USS Ross (DDG 71), and USS Porter (DDG 78) who have already made the
transition to Spain.
USS Carney (DDG 64) departs Mayport for it's new homeport of Rota, Spain
"USS Carney and her crew will play a crucial role in the U.S. contribution to
NATO's ballistic missile defense efforts," said Vice Adm. James Foggo III,
commander, U.S. 6th Fleet. "Our forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) based in
Rota provide a credible capability and support NATO's broader commitment to
These multi-mission ships perform a myriad of tasks including NATO missile
defense, the full spectrum of maritime security operations, bi-lateral and
multi-lateral training exercises, and other NATO operations and deployments.
"It's been a tremendous time; a big event in a ship's life and a big event for
the crew. It's been an honor and a pleasure to lead this crew through it," said
Capt. Ken Pickard, commanding officer of Carney. "We are 300-strong ambassadors
to Spain...you're not going to find a greater group of Americans than the
Sailors that crew this ship."