By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Fred Gray IV
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) returned to U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations (AOO) when it arrived in the Port Victoria, Seychelles, for a scheduled port visit, March 5, 2020. This visit serves to continue U.S. Naval Forces Africa’s effort to build global maritime partnerships with African nations in order to improve maritime safety and security in the region.
Before the Seychelles port visit, Carney was operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO, supporting maritime security operations and ensuring freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce while assigned to the USS Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
“We are very excited to be back in the 6th fleet AOR,” said Cmdr. Christopher Carroll, commanding officer aboard the Carney. “The entire crew performed exemplary while in 5th fleet and are ready to continue our efforts within 6th fleet to work with our African partners to ensure a more secure and prosperous maritime environment, enjoy the rich culture and hospitality, and to contribute to a stronger Africa.”
While in port, the officers and crew of USS Carney will participate in community outreach events and cultural activities.
Following her time in 5th Fleet, the Rota, Spain-based Carney continues her seventh forward deployed naval force patrol in support of U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Carney’s presence in Africa is a demonstration of U.S. continued commitment to the region.
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.