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Six Things You Need to Know About USS Carney (DDG 64)

September 23, 2015 at 4:18 PM UTC
  1. Why is Carney being forward deployed to Europe?
  1. Why is Carney being forward deployed to Europe?

A forward posture in Europe allows us to continue to operate alongside partners and build relationships. The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (yes, there’s more than one. See #4) based in Rota, Spain, are supporting regional maritime security initiatives with European partners and NATO allies throughout the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Atlantic Ocean. Their forward deployment is in support of President Obama’s 2009 European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to defend Europe against ballistic missile threats using BMD-capable Aegis ships and Aegis ashore sites.

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20150906-N-UZ446-022  MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departs Mayport for their new homeport of Rota, Spain.  Carney is the fourth Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be forward deployed to Rota to serve as part of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John S. Smolinski/Released) 20150906-N-UZ446-022 MAYPORT, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departs Mayport for their new homeport of Rota, Spain. Carney is the fourth Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be forward deployed to Rota to serve as part of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John S. Smolinski/Released)
  1. Ok, I get it, Carney will operate in Europe, but why is it forward stationed to Rota, Spain?

The U.S. has a historically strong partnership with Spain, and the strength of that relationship is visible in the presence of these ships. Permanently forward deploying them to Rota gives us the flexibility to be in the right place all the time, and the proximity to do this quickly and effectively.

 

3. What will Carney be doing?

Carney is a multi-mission ship, which means it can perform operations at the low end of the warfare spectrum, i.e., search and rescue, maritime interdiction and at the high end of the warfare spectrum, including ballistic missile defense and anti-submarine operations. It really is a jack of all trades and a master of all.

 

This multi-mission capability is particularly useful when the ship is conducting bi-lateral and multi-lateral training missions, as it allows us to operate at the high end of warfare with our NATO Allies. At the same time the ship can be ready to conduct operations with our partners that might be at the low end of the warfare spectrum. In short, some assets are like a pocket-knife, in their singleness of purpose. Carney and the other ships are more like a swiss army knife, with a variety and range of uses, depending on the mission.

  1. How many ships are here, how many more are coming?

This is it! USS Carney is the fourth of four Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capable ships forward deployed to Rota, Spain. USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Ross (DDG 71), and USS Porter (DDG 78) are already here.

 

  1. How will this impact the families and the base?

Care has been taken to prepare USS Carney (DDG 64) Sailors and their families for this transition to one of the Navy's most sought after duty stations. Once Carney’s Sailors and families arrive, they will be part of approximately 2,100 total family members who moved to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF). NAVSTA Rota is pairing each family with a local sponsor family and an extensive host nation familiarization program upon arrival. NAVSTA Rota is also making every attempt to move families directly into housing.

  1. How can I keep up with USS Carney?

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