Multinational Sailors Embark Guided-Missile Frigate USS Carr

An Estonian lieutenant, a Polish midshipman and four Finnish midshipmen embarked guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) during the ship’s deployment to the Baltic Sea, July 18.

The multinational group will use this opportunity to learn how the U.S. Navy conducts underway operations.

“Anytime we can embark officers from other nations is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and build a foundation of interoperability,” said USS Carr Commanding Officer Cmdr. Patrick E. Kulakowski. “This is not only an opportunity for our guests to learn from us, but for us to learn from them.”

The visiting officer and midshipmen said they were excited to be aboard and learn all they could from the experience.

I wanted to join the navy for the adventure,” said Polish Midshipman Lukasz Zarychta. “I’m looking forward to being a navigator when I graduate next year, and I hope being on Carr will help me learn more about navigation, procedures and operations.”

Carr is home ported out of Norfolk and is on a three-month deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.


Source: navy, July 20, 2011;