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Donald Cook Returns to Rota

July 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Murch

ROTA, Spain – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 12, 2016, after finishing its fourth forward-deployed patrol in support of ballistic missile defense of Europe.


Donald Cook’s forward presence in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, and the ship’s participation in theater exercises and port visits with allies and partners contributes to regional stability, and demonstrates the U.S.’s commitment to collective defense of allies and partners under Operation Atlantic Resolve.


“As this Patrol comes to an end, I continue to be amazed at the professionalism and resolve of our Sailors.  I am proud of the Donald Cook team -- they are true ambassadors to Europe.”

Cmdr. Timothy Moore, USS Donald Cook commanding officer

Quick Facts: 
Donald Cook began its fourth patrol March 14, 2016.
Donald Cook participated in seven international war-at-sea exercises with France, Turkey, Malta, and Sweden.
Donald Cook conducted 10 port visits, including Corfu, Greece; Souda Bay, Greece; Augusta Bay, Italy; Gdynia, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Kiel, Germany; Gaeta, Italy; Haifia, Israel; and Piraeus, Greece.
Donald Cook took part in six ballistic missile defense exercises.
Donald Cook completed two training and certification exercises.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.