By USS Carney Public Affairs
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) was presented the USS Arizona Memorial Trophy award Oct. 30, 2017, for fiscal year 2015-2016 by Capt. Tate Westbrook, commander of Task Force 65, in a ceremony held aboard the ship.
The ceremony was attended by the Commanding Officer of Naval Station Rota, Spain, Capt. Mac Nicholl, the Commanding Officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross, Cmdr. Bryan Gallo, and the Commanding Officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook, Cmdr. Matthew Powel.
Westbrook presented the award which Carney earned, in part, due to numerous successful fire support missions. The USS Arizona Memorial Trophy is awarded bi-annually to the surface ship that has achieved the greatest combat readiness in strike warfare, surface fire support, and anti-surface warfare.
Carney, forward deployed to Naval Station Rota, Spain, routinely conducts training and operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Carney will retain the USS Arizona Memorial Trophy for two years until another ship is selected.
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.