The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Algiers, Algeria, upon completing a scheduled port visit, July 31, 2018.
The ship’s crew had the opportunity to explore the country through tours of ancient roman ruins and in the capital city of Algiers, Sailors visited local landmarks and shops and tried cultural dishes such as etzai and sahlab.
Twenty Carney Sailors also volunteered to participate in a sports-day community relations project with the Algerians. Throughout the event the Sailors lead games such as whiffle ball and kickball. The day culminated in an awards presentation by John Desrocher, U.S. ambassador to Algeria.
“Community relations projects are a fantastic way to build relationships with the countries that we visit during our patrols,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Luis Aguiar. “Diplomacy aside, the kids and Sailors all had a blast today.”
While in port Carney also hosted a shipboard reception attended by ambassador Desrocher, members of the Algerian military and various other foreign dignitaries.
Cmdr. Tyson Young, Carney’s commanding officer, expressed his appreciation to Algiers community members for their welcoming spirit and hospitality to the crew while the ship is on patrol.
“Thank you for sharing your beautiful city with the crew of Carney,” said Young. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us as the U.S. Navy to express our appreciation to Algeria, and to thank you for being a wonderful host nation and a steadfast and capable ally,”
The ship’s patrol is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships in the European and African region.
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 and Africa.
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.