The mission of USS Carney (DDG-64) is to conduct prompt, sustained combat operations at sea in support of U.S. national policy. She is equipped to operate independently in a high density multi-threat environment or as a member of a Carrier Strike Group or Expeditionary Strike Group.
Carney is equipped with the world’s most sophisticated weaponry systems. She is fitted with SPY-1D phased array radar and missiles that reach extended ranges. To provide point defense against hostile air targets, Carney is equipped with the Block 1 upgrade to the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).
Carney is also equipped with the Navy’s latest Surface Warfare Combat System. Land attack cruise missile strike capability is provided by Tomahawk missiles, which are launched from the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS). Additionally, Carney has Harpoon anti-surface missiles. The 5”/54 Caliber gun, in conjunction with the MK 34 Gun Weapon System, is an anti-surface weapon which can also be used for close-in air contacts or to support forces ashore with Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS).
Carney's AN/SQQ-89 integrated USW suite is the most advanced undersea warfare system in the world today. The AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array System (TACTAS) provides extremely long range passive detection of enemy submarines and the AN/SQS-53C hull-mounted sonar is used to actively and passively detect and localize submarine contacts. Carney also has the capability to support the SH-60B LAMPS MK III helicopter, which uses a tactical data link in support of undersea operations, as well as conducting over the horizon targeting missions. Vertical Launched Anti-Submarine Rockets fired from the MK 41 VLS and six MK 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes round out the anti-submarine package. These systems are supplemented by the SLQ-32V (2) Electronic Warfare Suite, which provides for passive electronic detection of various radio emitters and permits the launching of decoy countermeasures.
Propelled by four quick response General Electric LM-2500 Gas Turbine Engines coupled with two controllable pitch propellers (CPP), Carney has tremendous maneuverability and a top speed in excess of 30 knots. Her expert engineers also provide the ship with electricity, fresh water, heating and air conditioning facilities.
Carney matches maximum survivability with her potent offensive capability. In the Arleigh Burke Class destroyer, all steel construction is used. Extensive topside armor is placed around vital combat systems and machinery spaces, and a new large waterplane area hull form significantly improves sea-keeping ability. Acoustic, infrared and radar signatures have been reduced and vital shipboard systems are hardened against electromagnetic pulse and over-pressure damage. A comprehensive Collective Air Protection Systems guards against nuclear, biological or chemical agents. State of the art propulsion and damage control systems are managed by an all-new data multiplexing transmission system.
Home to a crew of over 250, Carney has most services associated with a small town at sea including dining, banking, ATM, laundry, postal and shopping facilities, over 10,000 line items of spare parts and a barbershop. A marvel of modern technology and engineering, Carney is a powerful instrument of state, capable of sustaining herself at sea for months at a time. Carney is the premier warship designed to carry out the U.S. Navy’s missions today and well into the 21st century.