ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, March 15, to begin the ship's third forward-deployed patrol in support of U.S. commitments to allies and partners in the region.
Carney's forward presence in U.S. 6th Fleet contributes to maintaining regional security and stability.
"It's time for our third patrol and we've worked hard preparing for it. Our last patrol was demanding, but rewarding. We're looking forward to working with our allies, contributing to the security in the region, and seeing new places along the way." - Cmdr. Peter Halverson, commanding officer, USS Carney (DDG 64)
Carney is the fourth ship to be forward deployed to Rota.
During Carney's second patrol, the ship and crew supported the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group during Operation Odyssey Lightning in the vicinity of Sirte, Libya. Carney also rescued 97 migrants on a small craft in the Mediterranean Sea.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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