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USS Donald Cook Gets Underway For Patrol

November 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM UTC

ROTA, Spain - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, Nov. 21 to begin its second forward-deployed patrol.

Donald Cook is on patrol as part the U.S. European Phased Adaptive Approach to NATO Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD). Donald Cook’s presence represents a commitment by the U.S. to maintain safety and security throughout Europe.

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ROTA, Spain - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, Nov. 21 to begin its second forward-deployed patrol.

Donald Cook is on patrol as part the U.S. European Phased Adaptive Approach to NATO Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD). Donald Cook’s presence represents a commitment by the U.S. to maintain safety and security throughout Europe.

 Continue reading for some Quick facts and additional links...

141121-N-BS486-943 ROTA, Spain (Nov. 21, 2014) – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departs the harbor of Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin its patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 21. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Grant Wamack)

 

Quotes:

“The purpose of this patrol is to conduct ballistic missile defense in the Mediterranean Sea in support of commander 6th Fleet operations. We will also be conducting theater security operations and working closely with NATO allies in the region through various exercises in order to strengthen our sea-going partnerships.” - Cmdr. Charles Hampton, USS Donald Cook commanding officer

“As a crew, our team will focus to sharpen our warfighting skills. Having just completed the first ever CNO availability maintenance period in Rota, coupled with rigorous sea and dock trials and Type Commander readiness evaluations, the crew is looking forward to this underway.” - Cmdr. Charles Hampton, USS Donald Cook commanding officer

Quick Facts:

  • This is a routine patrol in support defense of BMD threats to Europe and assurance under Operation Atlantic Resolve. This is a demonstration of continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region.
  • With combined training and theater security cooperation engagements with our allies and partners, Donald Cook will demonstrate that the U.S. shares a commitment to working with our allies and partners.
  • Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, arrived in Rota in February. USS Ross (DDG 71) joined Donald Cook in June. USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Carney (DDG 64) are scheduled to arrive some time in 2015.
  • 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.

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera, USS Donald Cook Public Affairs

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 http://cne-cna-c6f.dodlive.mil/uss-donald-cook-begins-first-fdnf-patrol/

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