ROTA, Spain — A 2011 Northmont High School graduate, 2015 Naval Academy graduate and Englewood, Ohio native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Carney.
Ensign Logan O’Shea is the combat electronic division officer aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Rota, Spain. Carney is one of four destroyers home ported in Rota.
As the Carney’s combat electronic division officer O’Shea leads a division of 20 sailors who operate, maintain and repair communications equipment.
“I work with a great bunch of sailors,” said O’Shea. “I like being involved with their lives and careers. I want to help them in any way I can.”
Commissioned in June 1996, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Carney, measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. It was named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Robert Carney.
This ship has been fitted with the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability that enables the ship to conduct long-range surveillance, tracking, and engagement of short and medium-range ballistic missiles.
According to Navy officials, destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.
Assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet, sailors are on watch throughout the European region and are important assets supporting the European Phased Adaptive Approach to enhance the security of that area of the world from ballistic missile threats originating in the Middle East.
In addition to Carney, three other BMD capable ships are forwarded deployed in Rota: USS Porter, USS Donald Cook and USS Ross. Having four destroyers based in Rota gives the U.S. 6th Fleet flexibility to send these ships to a variety of locations for a range of missions, while at the same time providing a large umbrella of protection for European allies.
Approximately 30 officers and 300 enlisted men and women make up the ship’s company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.
“These sailors work hard,” said O’Shea. “They have high standards and are very proud of this ship.”
Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, O’Shea explained that he and other Carney sailors know they are part of a legacy that will be last beyond their lifetimes.
“If I don’t do this job today, somebody might not be able to do something 20 years from now,” added O’Shea. “I’m helping to preserve the American way of life.”
USS Carney (DDG 64) commissioned June of 1996 and named for former Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Robert Carney.
USS Carney (DDG 64) returned to Rota, Spain March 13, 2016, after a four month patrol in in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Carney departed Rota on November 7, 2015, beginning its first Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) patrol in support of ballistic missile defense of Europe and Operation Atlantic Resolve.
While on patrol, Carney conducted ballistic missile defense, anti-submarine warfare, and theater security cooperation missions.
Carney visited to Haifa, Israel in Feb. 2016. While in Israel, Carney hosted the Israeli Minister of Defense and the United States Ambassador to Israel for a ship tour and joint press conference.
Carney visited Palma De Mallorca, Spain in March 2016. While in Spain, Sailors conducted a community relations project at a local animal shelter.
Carney’s participation in combined underway tactical exchanges with allies and regional partners helped the United States continue its efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships throughout Europe.
Carney is the last of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed in theater.
Carney is now scheduled to begin a Chief of Naval Operations Selected Restricted Availability, focused on modernization in preparation for subsequent patrols in the U.S. 6th Fleet.