Multinational Partners Embark Aboard USS Carr

BALTIC SEA - An Estonian lieutenant, Polish midshipman, and four Finnish midshipmen embarked aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) during her deployment to the Baltic Sea, July 18.
 

The multinational group will use this opportunity to learn how the U.S. Navy navigates and conducts underway operations.


“Anytime we can embark officers from other nations is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and build a foundation of interoperability,” said Cmdr. Patrick E. Kulakowski, commanding officer of Carr. “This is not only an opportunity for our guests to learn from us and for us to learn from them.”
 

Carr’s guests were very excited to be aboard and learn all they could from the experience.
 

“I wanted to join the navy for the adventure,” said Polish Midshipman Lukasz Zarychta, the son of a Polish Adm. in charge of sea operations. “I’m looking forward to being a navigator when I graduate next year and I hope being on Carr will help me learn more about navigation, procedures and operations.”
 

All Carr’s guests have one thing in common, they are enthusiastic about being selected to cross deck to Carr and they have all demonstrated a drive to learn all they can while aboard.
 

Carr is homeported out of Norfolk, Va., and is on a three-month deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
 

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