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Carney (DDG-64)

1996-

Robert Bostwick Carney (1895-1990). For additional information see http://www.history.navy.mil/bios/carney_robertb.htm.

The first U.S. Navy ship named Carney.

For the ship’s Command Operations Reports see (http://www.history.navy.mil/research/archives/command-operations-reports/ships/c/carney-ddg-64-i.html).

(DDG-64: displacement 8,960; length 505'; beam 66'; draft 31'; speed 30+ knots; complement 356; armament 1 5-inch, 2 Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for BGM-109 Tomahawks, RIM-156 SM-2MR Standards, and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 8 RGM-84 Harpoons (2 Mk 141 launchers), 2 Mk 15 Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS), 4 .50 caliber machine guns, and 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, aircraft operate (but not embark) 1 Sikorsky SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) Mk III Seahawk; class Arleigh Burke)

Carney (DDG-64) was laid down on 3 August 1993 at Bath, Maine, by Bath Iron Works; launched on 23 July 1994; sponsored by Mrs. Betty C. Taussig, the daughter of the late Adm. Carney; and commissioned on 13 April 1996 at Mayport, Fla., Cmdr. John T. McMurtrie Jr. in command.

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Carney turns slowly to starboard while patrolling the Arabian Gulf, 13 August 2002. (Chief Journalist John F. Williams, U.S. Navy Photograph 020813-N-7676W-008, Navy NewsStand)
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Left to right: Guided missile cruiser Vicksburg (CG-69) and guided missile destroyers Roosevelt (DDG-80), Carney, and The Sullivans (DDG-68) launch a coordinated salvo of Standard surface-to-air missiles to splash remote-control target drones simulating inbound missiles during VandalEx, a multi-threat exercise in the Atlantic, December 2003. A Navy photographer captures the dramatic launch while on board guided missile cruiser Hue City (CG-66) - out of the picture. (Unattributed U.S. Navy Photograph 031200-N-0000X-001, Navy NewsStand)

During a ceremony on board Carney on 7 September 2007, Cmdr. Glenn P. Kuffel Jr., the ship’s commanding officer, presented Lt. Mary Hays, Carney’s Chief Engineer, with the Bronze Star for her courageous actions while serving as a civil affairs interpreter ashore in Iraq.

On 20 March 2008, the United States Fifth Fleet revealed that operations by Combined Task Force 150, Rear Adm. Jean L. Kerignard, FN, in command, had disrupted smugglers’ attempts to slip contraband, narcotics, and alcohol past coalition patrols in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden. Guided missile destroyers Carney and Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81), British frigate Argyll (F.231), Canadian multi-purpose frigate Charlottetown (FFH.339), and French multi-mission stealth frigate Guépratte (F.714) took part in interceptions that seized illicit cargoes with an estimated street value of more than $30 million.

In the course of a NATO conference at Brussels, Belgium, on 5 October 2011, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced that the U.S. intended to forward deploy four Aegis-equipped ships to Rota, Spain. “By hosting these ships,” Panetta explained, “Spain will continue its vital role in enhancing the security of the European region, Mediterranean Basin, and the Atlantic Ocean. The agreement also enables the United States to provide rapid and responsive support to the U.S. Africa and U.S. Central Commands, as needed.” On 16 February 2012, Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr. revealed that four guided missile destroyers would shift their home ports to Rota: Carney would forward deploy from Mayport, and Donald Cook (DDG-75), Porter (DDG-78), and Ross (DDG-71) from Norfolk, Va.

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

 

Published:Tue Jun 30 07:44:20 EDT 2015