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USS CARNEY (DDG 64) Participates in Mavi Balina 2016

NOVEMBER 28, 2016 AT 1:07 PM UTC
Ensign David Nelson, USS Carney Collateral Duty Public Affairs Officer

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (Nov. 26, 2016) –The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) completed its participation in the Turkish-led Exercise Mavi Balina 2016, Nov. 26, in the Mediterranean Sea.

Mavi Balina 2016 sought to improve the interoperability of participating nations by providing realistic training at sea in order to improve interoperability and proficiency.

161124-N-ZE250-161 MEDITERRANEAN SEA – (Nov. 24, 2016) – USS Carney (DDG 64) steams in formation with allied ships during Exercise Mavi Balina 16 in the Mediterranean Sea Nov. 24, 2016. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)

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 “I was extremely proud of the professionalism and performance of not only my Sailors, but all those who were involved in Mavi Balina. I have confidence that the friendships and tactical proficiency we built during the exercise exceeded the goals of Mavi Balina 2016 and built a strong foundation for combined interoperability in the future. The crossdeck process is so critically important to building friendships that last a career.  Twelve years ago, I myself crossdecked to the Charlottetown during a deployment in 5th Fleet, so walking aboard her while moored alongside was like visiting an old friend.”

-Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, Commanding Officer, USS Carney (DDG 64)

“It is important to come together and to work in concert with each other. When we work together, it makes us stronger as Allies.”

-Ensign Ahmet Serdar Yavuz, from the Turkish Frigate TCG Gelibolu (F 493)

“I’ll be taking back a lot to the Charlottetown. It’s a lot of good points. In the future hopefully I’ll be able to become an ASW officer aboard a Canadian frigate. It’s a great insight into how things are done and I’ll have a better understanding when I get my training in the future.”

– SLT Adam Reece from Canadian Frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339)

Quick Facts:
Participating nations included Pakistan, Romania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. NATO Maritime Group 2 as well as observers from Algeria, Nigeria and Georgia also participated.
During the first phase of the exercise conducted in Aksaz, Turkey, between Nov. 19-22, participants met to conduct final planning and valuable interoperability training, as well as strengthen ties between each of the navies.
During the planning phase, Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, USS Carney’s commanding officer, hosted Rear Adm. Bulent Turan, Commander, Turkish Submarine Group, aboard USS Carney for a tour. He visited with Rear Adm. Ali Cekic, Commander, Naval Base Aksaz, and Rear Adm. Levant Kerim, Commander, Southern Task Group. Additionally, members of Carney’s wardroom attended multiple planning events and a reception held on the Turkish naval base in Aksaz.
The participating units got underway Nov. 23 to begin the exercise. While the main focus was on anti-submarine warfare, Mavi Balina 2016 also included simulated small boat attacks, anti-air warfare exercises, surface maneuvering drills, communication drills, and visit, board, search and seizure events. In total, twelve surface vessels, five submarines, and multiple aircraft from seven nations participated in the at-sea phase.
USS Carney participated in crossdecking between ships during the at-sea phase, which is a sharing of officers to strengthen relationships, build long-term links between future leaders, and enhance interoperability. While participating in Mavi Balina 2016, USS Carney sent officers to the Canadian Frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339) and the Turkish Frigate TCG Gelibolu (F 493). In turn, Carney hosted officers from these ships.
Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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.

161126-N-ZE250-027 MEDITERRANEAN SEA – (Nov. 26, 2016) – Sailors assigned to USS Carney (DDG 64) participate in a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the Spanish Navy replenishment ship ESPS Cantabria (AOR 15) during exercise Mavi Balina 16 in the Mediterranean Sea Nov. 26, 2016. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)

161126-N-ZE250-039 MEDITERRANEAN SEA – (Nov. 26, 2016) – Lt. James Conklin, assigned to USS Carney (DDG 64), reviews documents during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the Spanish Navy replenishment ship ESPS Cantabria (AOR 15) during exercise Mavi Balina 16 in the Mediterranean Sea Nov. 26, 2016. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)

161126-N-ZE250-191 MEDITERRANEAN SEA – (Nov. 26, 2016) – USS Carney (DDG 64)’s visit, board, search and seizure team return to their ship after completing an exercise aboard the Spanish Navy replenishment ship ESPS Cantabria (AOR 15) during exercise Mavi Balina 16 in the Mediterranean Sea Nov. 26, 2016. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)

161126-N-ZE250-253 MEDITERRANEAN SEA – (Nov. 26, 2016) – USS Carney (DDG 64) conducts tactical maneuvering exercises with the Spanish Navy replenishment ship ESPS Cantabria (AOR 15) and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339) during exercise Mavi Balina 16 in the Mediterranean Sea Nov. 26, 2016. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)

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