February 25, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) participated in maritime interoperability training Feb. 22 with Turkish maritime counterparts in the Black Sea.
Donald Cook and the Turkish Yavuz-class frigate TS Fatih (F 242) participated in an integrated surface warfare exercise, simulated replenishment-at-sea approaches, communications and electronic warfare exercises, and a photo exercise.
“Today’s exercise was another valuable experience for the crew of Donald Cook,” said Donald Cook’s Command Master Chief Jeremy Douglas. “Operating with Turkey is as enjoyable as it is crucial. No nation can combat global threats alone, working together gives us the opportunity to share information and experience.”
The U.S. routinely practices interoperability and high-end warfare with allies and partners. Multinational training enhances interoperability partners and allies allowing us to maintain vigilance to the degree necessary to promote a secure and prosperous region.
Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, deployed from Naval Station Rota, Spain Nov. 19 last year on it’s eighth forward-deployed naval forces patrol.
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.