The USS CARNEY is the Navy’s 14th ARLEIGH BURKE Class Destroyer. Built at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME, the ship was named after Admiral Robert B. Carney, an influential leader during World War II and the years following. The CARNEY was commissioned in Mayport, Fla., where she was homeported for 19 years until she shifted her homeport to Rota, Spain, in September 2015.
|General Characteristics:||Keel Laid: August 3, 1993|
|Launched: July 23, 1994|
|Commissioned: April 13, 1996|
|Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|Blades on each Propeller: five|
|Length: 505,25 feet (154 meters)|
|Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)|
|Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 8.300 tons full load|
|Speed: 30+ knots|
|Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations.|
|Armament: two MK 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk; Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)|
|Homeport: Rota, Spain|
|Crew: 23 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CARNEY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Destroyer’s Name, about Admiral Robert B. Carney:
Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, in 1916, the future Chief of Naval Operations and son of Lieutenant Commander R.E. Carney (1868-1935) served onboard the Battleship USS NEW HAMPSHIRE. In October of that year, he joined the destroyer tender USS DIXIE until July 1917, when he transferred to the destroyer USS FANNING. Admiral Carney, then a lieutenant, was serving as Gunnery and Torpedo Officer when the FANNING sank the German U-58 on November 17, 1917.
Between the wars, he commanded several destroyers, including commissioning the destroyer USS REID. Additionally, he served as Executive Officer of a battleship and acquired staff experience in the fleet. Ashore, he served in the Navy Department in the Division of Fleet Training and in the Shore Establishment Division of the Secretary of the Navy’s office.
After the onset of the Second World War, Admiral Carney, newly promoted to Captain, brought the light cruiser USS DENVER into commission and set out for the South Pacific. While participating in the Solomon Island campaign Admiral Carney was twice decorated for "exceptionally meritorious conduct...in action against enemy Japanese forces..."
On July 26, 1943, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and became Chief of Staff to Admiral William F. Hasley, Jr., Commander, South Pacific Force, which included all ground, sea, and air forces in the South Pacific area. When Admiral Halsey assumed command of the Third Fleet in the Central Pacific in June 1944, Rear Admiral Carney accompanied him as Chief of Staff. He took part in the Palau, Leyte, Lingayen, and Okinawa campaigns and in the attack on Formosa, in the China Sea; against the Japanese homeland and the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea. During this period, he earned the Navy Cross, the United States Navy’s ranking decoration for "-invaluable assistance in formulating the plans for a series of combat operations in which task forces of the Third Fleet engaged capitol ships of the Japanese fleet waging devastation attacks on major Japanese combatant an carrier task forces-"
Rear Admiral Carney arranged with Japanese emissaries for the entry of the Third Fleet into Tokyo Bay, accepted the surrender ceremony held in Admiral Halsey’s Flagship, the battleship USS MISSOURI.
After the war, he was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1946, and until February 1950, served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations. Next he assumed command of the Second Fleet operating on the East Coast of the United States. On October 2, 1950, he was advanced in rank to Admiral and on May 13, 1953, President Eisenhower announced his selection of Admiral Carney as the next Chief of Naval Operations.
On completion of his appointment as Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Carney retired from active service. Over the next several years, Admiral Carney’s various assignments, coupled with his personal interest in industrial participation in the defense effort, resulted in close contact with industry including the position of Chairman of the Board, Bath Iron Works, Corporation. The very same shipyard which built the destroyer proudly bearing his name.
Accidents aboard USS CARNEY:
|June 9, 2004||off North Carolina|
USS CARNEY collides with HMS SOUTHERLAND (F 81) while conducting personnel transfers between the ships. Only light damage and no injuries are reported.
USS CARNEY Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the CARNEY at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on April 28, 2015.