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USS Donald Cook Departs Naval Station Rota, Spain

March 13, 2018 at 10:41 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alyssa Weeks

 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, for its seventh patrol March 12, 2018.


Donald Cook will be conducting routine operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and is scheduled to participate in multiple exercises while on patrol.






“I am extremely proud of our in-port accomplishments and maintaining operational readiness. We are grateful for the constant support from our maintenance and support teams. Most importantly, we are thankful for the time we had with our family and friends. Donald Cook is ready to respond to any and all fleet and national tasking.”


- Cmdr. Matthew Powel

commanding officer, Donald Cook

Quick Facts: 
Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its seventh patrol and conducting routine naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
Donald Cook is one of four destroyers forward-deployed to Rota, Spain.
U.S. 6th Fleet is headquartered in Naples, Italy, and 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.