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USS Donald Cook Departs Naval Station Rota, Begins 8th FDNF Patrol

November 21, 2018 at 11:54 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, for its eighth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 19, 2018.

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Donald Cook is a multi-mission surface combatant capable of conducting exercises and operations in areas such as anti-submarine warfare and ballistic missile defense. While on patrol, Donald Cook will engage with NATO allies and partners to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties, and to promote peace and stability in the region.

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"The crew is excited and motivated to begin patrol number eight. We look forward to all the challenges and opportunities that go along with operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.”

Cmdr. John V. Tobin, commanding officer of Porter

Quick Facts: 
This is Donald Cook’s eighth FDNF patrol since becoming forward-deployed in Naval Station Rota in February 2014.
While on patrol, Donald Cook is scheduled to conduct naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.