USS CARR, At Sea (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) completed the final planned replenishment-at-sea (RAS) the ship will conduct Oct. 22.
Carr is deployed in support of Operation Martillo and is scheduled to decommission early next year.
The RAS included a vertical replenishment using an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Vipers" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 48 Detachment 2 a connected replenishment with Carr taking on fuel from USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). The replenishment involved the transfer of more than 10 tons of food and parts via the embarked helicopter. These parts and supplies were necessary in keeping each ship actively engaged in Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) operations in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean.
Carr's homeport is Norfolk Va. And the embarked air detachment is stationed in Mayport, Florida. To date, the air detachment has flown over 465 hours in direct support of CTOC operations and has been instrumental in detaining numerous suspected traffickers and recovering more than three tons of contraband.
Carr is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Operation Martillo and U.S. 4th Fleet's mission, Southern Seas 2012.
COMUSNAVSO/COMFOURTHFLT supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
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