Escorting the USS Carney Safely in Africa

GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Fireman Peter Choi, originally from Chicago, Illinois, assigned to the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, mans an M2 .50 caliber machine gun aboard an 800-series Sea Ark while providing escort security for the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. The Carney is the 14th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Marc I. Lane) CJTF-HOA Photo GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Fireman Peter Choi, originally from Chicago, Illinois, assigned to the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, mans an M2 .50 caliber machine gun aboard an 800-series Sea Ark while providing escort security for the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. The Carney is the 14th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Marc I. Lane)
GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - Sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, steer an 800-series Sea Ark on approach to the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently.  The squadron's mission is to provide highly mobile, deployable security units to perform high-value asset security operations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant. Marc I. Lane) CJTF-HOA Photo GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - Sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, steer an 800-series Sea Ark on approach to the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. The squadron's mission is to provide highly mobile, deployable security units to perform high-value asset security operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant. Marc I. Lane)
GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti-U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate Seaman Sean Crawford, originally from Englewood, California and assigned to the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, mans an M2 .50 caliber machine gun aboard an 800-series Sea Ark in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently.  The M2 machine gun is capable of firing more than 450 rounds a minute with an effective range of 1,800 meters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant. Marc I. Lane) CJTF-HOA Photo GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti-U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate Seaman Sean Crawford, originally from Englewood, California and assigned to the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, mans an M2 .50 caliber machine gun aboard an 800-series Sea Ark in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. The M2 machine gun is capable of firing more than 450 rounds a minute with an effective range of 1,800 meters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant. Marc I. Lane)
GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - Sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, use an 800-series Sea Ark to escort the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. The squadron provides a maritime security force in support of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, with the capability to employ trained and equipped units who provide force protection for designated assets and infrastructure. The squadron is home ported at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant. Marc I. Lane) CJTF-HOA Photo GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - Sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, use an 800-series Sea Ark to escort the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. The squadron provides a maritime security force in support of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, with the capability to employ trained and equipped units who provide force protection for designated assets and infrastructure. The squadron is home ported at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant. Marc I. Lane)
GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Seaman Sean Crawford, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie boatswain's mate, mans an M2 .50-caliber machine gun mounted on the front of an 800-series Sea Ark during a recent escort mission of the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti. The M2 is capable of firing more than 450 rounds a minute with an effective range of 1,800 meters. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence) CJTF-HOA Photo GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Seaman Sean Crawford, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie boatswain's mate, mans an M2 .50-caliber machine gun mounted on the front of an 800-series Sea Ark during a recent escort mission of the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti. The M2 is capable of firing more than 450 rounds a minute with an effective range of 1,800 meters. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence)
GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Seaman Wedler Cheridor, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, makes a log entry while on board an 800-series Sea Ark, during a recent escort mission of the USS Carney (DDG 64) into the port in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti. Cheridor is originally from Newark, New Jersey, and his squadron is stationed in Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence) CJTF-HOA Photo GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Seaman Wedler Cheridor, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, makes a log entry while on board an 800-series Sea Ark, during a recent escort mission of the USS Carney (DDG 64) into the port in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti. Cheridor is originally from Newark, New Jersey, and his squadron is stationed in Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence)
GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - Sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, conduct a patrol in an 800-series Sea Ark while escorting the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. The squadron provides a maritime security force in support of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, with the capability to employ trained and equipped units that provide force protection for designated assets and infrastructure. The Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two is stationed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence) CJTF-HOA Photo GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - Sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie, conduct a patrol in an 800-series Sea Ark while escorting the USS Carney (DDG 64) in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. The squadron provides a maritime security force in support of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, with the capability to employ trained and equipped units that provide force protection for designated assets and infrastructure. The Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two is stationed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence)
GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti  - U.S. Navy Fireman Peter Choi, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie engineer, unties a mooring line holding an 800-series Sea Ark to a dock before escorting the USS Carney (DDG 64) through the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. Choi is originally from Chicago, Illinois. The squadron's mission provides highly mobile, deployable security units to perform high-value asset security operations. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence) CJTF-HOA Photo GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Fireman Peter Choi, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Two, Boat Detachment Charlie engineer, unties a mooring line holding an 800-series Sea Ark to a dock before escorting the USS Carney (DDG 64) through the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, recently. Choi is originally from Chicago, Illinois. The squadron's mission provides highly mobile, deployable security units to perform high-value asset security operations. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Michelle C. Lawrence)

U.S. sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MAREXSECRON) Two recently escorted the USS Carney (DDG-64) into the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti.

The escort was conducted during the hottest part of the day, temperatures reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit from the direct sun rays as well as those reflecting back up off the water. Still, sailors donned body armor and set off into the stale salty humid air and choppy waters of the gulf.

"We took a two-boat element of 800-series Sea Arks out three miles to pick up the customer," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Barkley.

The squadron's mission is to provide highly mobile, deployable security units and perform high-value-asset security missions, in a wide range of hostile conditions. Homeported at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, arrived in Djibouti to contribute to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen defense capability on the continent.

Originally from Tyler Town, Mississippi, he was the acting patrol lead for the escort.

"We set up a moving defense around the Carney," he said.

The Carney is the 14th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy and is capable of providing multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities.

The Sea Arcs stayed near the Carney throughout the escort as a deterrent for any possible waterborne threats to the ship. Possible threats include small boats, deep draft boats, subsurface vessels, swimmers and floating mines.

The squadron has the ability to man fixed posts on land, operate small boats at sea, and embark ships, aircraft and various maritime assets to provide expert point defense to high value military assets.

"We create 12,000 yards of protection around any ship we escort," said Barkley. "The inner 500 yards is the reaction zone and the outer 700 yards is the intercept zone."

U.S. Navy Engineman Fireman Peter Choi, originally from Chicago, Illinois, provided security during the escort by manning a .50 caliber machine gun on one of the Sea Arks.

"We went out three miles, took the starboard side and protected them as we came into the gulf," said Choi. "We didn't encounter any problems out there. By maintaining a static security around the asset, we made sure the escort was a safe one."

Because of their vigilance the mission was a success, without any incidents.

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