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USS Donald Cook Completes FOST

March 20, 2017 at 11:24 AM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) completed Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) March 16.

The FOST certification aims to certify NATO ships in advanced warfare areas.

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"This being our second visit to FOST the crew was well prepared and it showed.  The professional staff at FOST flexed the crew through serials and drills that emphasized communication and partnership with multi-nation forces.  It was, once again, a phenomenal opportunity to see how our forces integrate; and to see what we can adopt in our Navy's culture and procedures to make us better as a warfighting unit."

-USS Donald Cook Command Master Chief Mark Schlosser

Quick Facts: 
Donald Cook’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s commitment to and collective defense of the European region.
The first day of FOST consisted of a Material Assessment and Safety Check (MASC), an inspection to ensure that Donald Cook crew members were qualified to operate their equipment, while ensuring the equipment was safe for use in its operational functioning standards.
The remainder of FOST was a three-week evolution consisting of various training exercises. These included firing all weapon systems on board during gunnery exercises as well as putting the ship into and through various damage control environments and seamanship evolutions such as navigation and basic deck evolutions.
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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