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USS Carney Exits Black Sea
July 24, 2017 at 5:39 PM UTC
“Sea Breeze was a fantastic exercise and Carney Nation was privileged to participate in it. Multinational exercises like Sea Breeze epitomize what it means for partners and allies to work toward a more peaceful and stable region. We were also privileged to spend some time in Odessa, Ukraine. It is a beautiful city with a rich history”
- Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer, USS Carney
Carney entered the Black Sea on July 8 to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective defense of our allies and partners in the Black Sea region. All DoD efforts in support of our allies in Eastern Europe fall under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Carney visited Odessa, Ukraine between July 10-13, and 14-18 to attend various conferences and participate in other in-port events for Sea Breeze 2017.
Sea Breeze was an annual, multinational maritime exercise, co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine and which took place July 10-22. It is designed to improve training value for participants, enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Black Sea region.
Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting its third patrol 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 joint, allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.