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USS Carney Begins Flag Officer Sea Training

April 17, 2017 at 10:13 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston Jones


The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) began Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) with the British Royal Navy April 10, 2017.

The FOST certification aims to certify NATO ships in advanced warfare areas.


“Being able to participate in FOST is an outstanding opportunity for Carney on so many levels. The next few weeks will undoubtedly be a stressful and difficult test for the crew to overcome. But I know this crew, and I know we will come out on the other side of FOST as a more professional, efficient, and effective fighting unit.”

-Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer, USS Carney

Quick Facts: 
FOST offers tailored training to meet the specific national requirements of many other navies, air forces and elements of land forces.
FOST’s training prepares all types of surface warships, submarines, and auxiliaries for peacetime, peace-support, and war-fighting operations. Starting with basic alongside preparatory safety and readiness training, units progress through single threat and multi-threat scenarios.
The first day of FOST consists of a Material Assessment and Safety Check, an inspection to ensure that Carney’s crew is qualified and the ship’s equipment is safe for use.
The remainder of FOST is a three-week exercise that will cover various training evolutions that are centered around a fabricated story line.
Carney is being assessed by FOST inspectors as well as the U.S. Navy’s Afloat Training Group.
USS Carney (DDG 64), forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is currently conducting its third forward deployed naval force patrol.
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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