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07/07/05

Naval Frigate in Savannah

USS Carr USS Carr

A US Navy ship is docked in Savannah this week. The crew came here to relax and enjoy the sites, but after the terrorist attacks in London, they are reminded of their important mission.

The ship's commander says they were saddened like the rest of us. But at the same time, it strengthened their resolve to keep fighting the war on terror.

The USS Carr is an important part of the navy's second fleet. "Her primary mission and the other ships of her class are anti-submarine warfare," explained Cmdr. Pete Pagano.

But recently, Cmdr. Pagano's ship has been devoted to fighting terrorism. "Enforcement of US sanctions, now with the global war on terror, stopping and searching suspicious vessels to interdict terrorists or their materials or finances."

The USS Carr pulled into port on the Forth of July so the crew could get a little R&R. They are in the middle of a training mission in the Atlantic and will deploy to the Mediterranean Sea this fall.

The frigate, based out of Norfolk, Virginia, has several weapons onboard and a launch pad for her two Seahawk helicopters.

Even during this time off duty, the crew is constantly thinking about security. They have a boat and armed sailors patrolling the ship and the surrounding waters 24/7. It's been that way since the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in 2000 and 9/11.

Now, after today's bombings in London, that's not likely to change any time soon. "It's a reminder of what we do and why we are doing it and it just goes to show that the global war on terror is in fact a global war and we must always be ready and today was a graphic reminder of that," said Cmdr. Pagano.

The USS Carr will leave Savannah on Friday.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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