USS Carney Moors at Naval Station Rota, Spain

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain, joining three other destroyers as part of the Forward-Deployed Naval Force, Sept. 25.

Carney will be forward-deployed in Rota to fulfill the United States’ phased commitment to NATO ballistic missile defense (BMD) while also carrying out a wide range of missions to support the security of Europe.

Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, said:

Carney joins USS Donald Cook, USS Ross, and USS Porter as the fourth, and last, of our forward-deployed destroyers in Rota. With the arrival of Carney, we have reached a milestone in our nation’s commitment to station multi-mission capable warships to support the ballistic missile defense of Europe.

Carney departed Mayport, Sept. 6 and joins USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Porter (DDG 78). The four ships provide a mobile missile defense option and are a key component of the U.S. European Phased Adaptive Approach.

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