US Navy’s destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) was awarded the Battle “E” by Capt. Glenn Kuffel, the commodore of Naval Surface Squadron 14, during an informal ceremony on the flight deck.
Trading his cover for a Carney ballcap, the commodore presented the ship with a wooden plaque.
Carney exceeded the performance of all other Mayport ships in calendar year 2014. The first ever AEGIS BMD 4.0 destroyer, the ship completed an eight-month ballistic missile defense (BMD) deployment in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. They scored 98 percent in Anti-terrorism certification, top marks in C5F Tomahawk land attack missile (TLAM), and broke records in intelligence collection as well as earning high points throughout the yearlong assessment.
Carney is the fourth and last ship to be forward deployed to Rota, Spain as part of President Obama’s European Phased Adaptive Approach to enhance the security of the European region. The ship departed her homeport of Mayport, Florida on Sept. 6.
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