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USS Carney aids in rescue of 97 migrants in Mediterranean Sea
JULY 31, 2016 at 1:57 a.m.

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A visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) approaches a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. Carney provided food and water to the migrants aboard the vessel before coordinating with a nearby merchant vessel to take them to safety. Carney is forward deployed to Rota, Spain, and is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. navy photo by Chief Information Systems Technician Wesley R. Dickey/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney aided in the rescue of 97 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, July 29.

Carney provided aid for the migrants until the SOS Mediterranee ship MS Aquarius arrived and took the migrants to safety.

"Team Carney aided in the rescue of 97 migrants while operating in the Mediterranean Sea. Seeing the plight of these desperate migrants and the danger they were in was humbling. As Sailors we make our living on the high seas. We were honored to help these 97 people to safety. My crew acted with the upmost professionalism and compassion and I couldn't be more proud of them,” said Cmdr. Kenneth Pickard, commanding officer, USS Carney.

There were 96 men and one woman onboard the small craft. SOS Mediterranee operates in different maritime routes and conduct sea rescue operations. Members of Doctors without Borders embark with SOS Mediterranee and provide care until the refugees can be turned over to the proper authorities.

Published July 31, 2016

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