By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Fred Gray IV
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Davenport in Plymouth, England, after a scheduled port visit, Dec. 16, 2019.
During the visit Carney’s crew participated in Royal Navy ran drills required for Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) certification.
“It was an invaluable experience for the Carney and her crew,” said Cmdr. Douglas Raineault, executive officer of the Carney. “Any time we get to undergo partner navy training evolutions we come out a stronger and more capable fighting force.”
Along with FOST Carney’s crew also certified their Combat Systems watch teams.
“It was a rigorous process,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Jordan, combat systems officer aboard the Carney. “In the end the Sailors aboard were able to perform exceptionally and reinforce confidence within leadership and their peers that they are more than capable to fight the ship given any circumstance.”
Some FOST drills that the Sailors participated in included; mooring to a buoy, a boat towing exercise, anti-terrorism force protection drills, general quarters, crash and salvage, and a variety of combat systems drills that tested the ship’s crew ability through realistic scenarios involving anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-terrorism, and small craft warfare.
Carney is currently deployed in support of 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.