By Mass Communication 2nd Class James Turner
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Split, Croatia, Dec. 21, 2017, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Croatia relations as the two nations continue to work together for a stable and secure Europe.
The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to the collective security of the European region.
“Our crew looks forward to this port visit and relationships we expect to build here, said Cmdr. Peter F. Halvorsen, commanding officer of Carney. “These types of visits allow us to gain enhanced ties with our allies and allow our crew to experience the rich history of Croatia.”
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Valletta builds enduring relationships while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability as NATO allies.
The last U.S. Navy ship to conduct a port visit in Croatia was the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) in December 2016.
The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) recently conducted a 10-month maintenance overhaul in Viktor Lenac shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia, from Jan.-Oct. 2017.
Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol to support U.S. national security interests 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 allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.