The forward-deployed guided-missile destroyer Carney completed its two-week “show of force” in the Black Sea on March 3, and made its way back into the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, according to a Navy release.

Carney, based in Rota, Spain, is on its fourth patrol since changing homeports in 2015, conducting operations with allies and partners.

Until recently, Carney had been operating with the guided-missile destroyer Ross, which also spent two weeks in the region, departing Feb. 28.

Carney entered the Black Sea, a nearly 750-mile-wide body of water tucked between Europe and Asia, on Feb. 17, and pulled into Varna, Bulgaria, for a four-day port visit between Feb. 18-22.

In Varna, the crew hosted the Bulgarian chief of naval operations, and sailors were able to explore the city through cultural tours.

Some of the crew were able to tour the Bulgarian Navy’s Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, where sailors used simulators to conduct bilateral ship exercises with their Bulgarian counterparts.

While steaming through the Black Sea, the ship conducted several routine exercises, including gunnery training in which the ship shot its 5-inch gun, close-in weapons system and 25mm guns.

On her way out of the Black Sea, Carney completed a replenishment-at-sea with the Turkish mine-class open sea fuel tanker Kudret Gngr.

“During our mission in the Black Sea, Carney was able to work with and train alongside some of our NATO allies.” said Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of Carney. “It is through these types of events that we both improve our joint capability and show just how important the alliance is to maintaining peace and security in the region.”

Mark D. Faram is a former reporter for Navy Times. He was a senior writer covering personnel, cultural and historical issues. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.

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