ODESSA, Ukraine (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Jan. 8, 2018, for a scheduled port visit.
The visit to Odessa demonstrates a shared commitment to promote security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with partners in the Black Sea.
"As a Forward-Deployed Naval Forces - Europe destroyer, returning to the Black Sea and Odessa is a familiar mission. Carney was here during the summer in support of Sea Breeze 2017, and we look forward to improving our cooperative capability with the Ukrainian Navy."
-Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of Carney.
-USS Carney entered the Black Sea to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective defense of the Black Sea. This naval operation is in support of 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 allies and partners.
-The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is 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.
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