By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Fred Gray IV
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a training and maintenance availability (TRAV), June 2, 2019.
TRAV is an allotted timeframe scheduled into a deployment for the ship to conduct routine continuous certification training and maintenance on key systems.
“With the high operational tempo that our ship and crew face being a forward-deployed force, it is crucial that we periodically assess our crew and systems to ensure mission readiness,” said Cmdr. Douglas Raineault, executive officer of Carney.
The main focus for this TRAV is preparations for Carney’s upcoming board of inspection and survey (INSURV).
“The IRAT (INSURV Readiness and Assessment Team) will be coming aboard while we are in port to ensure that we are ready for INSURV,” said Chief Navy Counselor Charles Winter, an IRAT habitability team member. “We undergo INSURV to ensure that our ship is up to U.S. Navy standards and will perform to the expectations that our nation demands.”
Following Carney’s scheduled TRAV, the ship will depart for the remainder of the ship’s 6th forward-deployed naval force patrol.
While on patrol, Carney will conduct naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
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.