By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Fred Gray IV
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) pulled back into Naval Station Rota, Spain for a training and maintenance availability (TRAV), Dec. 19, 2019.
During the Carney’s mid-patrol TRAV period the ship’s crew will focus on routine continuous certification training and maintenance throughout the ship.
“We are excited for our TRAV period,” said Cmdr. Christopher Carroll, commanding officer of the Carney. “Not only will our crew be able knock out some key training events and maintenance, but the Sailors will have some much-deserved rest during the holiday season.”
The Sailors will be focusing on the Mobility-Engineering (MOB-E) re-certification, where Carney’s engineering department will demonstrate their ability to run the plant and equipment safely, their ability to respond and control any type of casualty, and train newly acquired crew members.
“The snipes aboard the ship have been training for this certification since the last time we had it,” said Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Landry, member of the engineering training team aboard the Carney. “We never really stop training, there is always areas to improve on and new Sailors who need to be qualified.”
Snipe is a slang term used in the Navy used to describe Sailors whom work in the underbelly of the ship.
Following the scheduled TRAV the Carney will depart for the remainder of her seventh 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