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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Plymouth

February 23, 2017 at 7:24 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alyssa Weeks
USS Donald Cook Arrives in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Plymouth, United Kingdom, Feb. 22, 2017 for a scheduled port visit to commence the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) certification.

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FOST is an advanced warfare certification training event conducted with the British Royal Navy.

The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to and collective defense of the European region.

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"It’s great to be in the waters of the southwest British Isles again for Flag Officer Sea Training. Our Sailors look forward to visiting the historic city of Plymouth as we prepare to conduct multi-warfare area training with our British hosts."            

– Cmdr. Timothy Moore, USS Donald Cook commanding officer

Quick Facts: 
Donald Cook is working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve our maritime forces, maintain regional security, and work towards mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
USS Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota Dec. 3, 2016.
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.

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**story updated to reflect that USS Donald Cook was commencing, not completing, the FOST certification.