USS Donald Cook Departs the Black Sea

March 1, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its previously announced southbound international straits transit of the Bosphorous, en route to the Mediterranean Sea March 1 after conducting maritime security operations in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea, the ship conducted operations at sea with the Turkish Navy and completed a port visit to Odesa, Ukraine in support of our NATO allies and regional partners. “There is no substitute for the forward presence provided by USS Donald Cook and our other forward-deployed DDGs stationed in Rota,”…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Odessa

February 27, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odessa, Ukraine Feb. 27 after completing a scheduled port visit as part of continued Black Sea presence and support to NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between U.S., Ukrainian, and other European representatives, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy to the Commander Ambassador Philip…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Odessa

February 27, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odessa, Ukraine Feb. 27 after completing a scheduled port visit as part of continued Black Sea presence and support to NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between U.S., Ukrainian, and other European representatives, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy to the Commander Ambassador Philip…

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USS Donald Cook Participates in Maritime Training with Turkey

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…

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USS Donald Cook Makes Port Call in Odessa

February 25, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2019 for a scheduled port visit as part of our continued Black Sea presence and support to our region partners. Since arriving in the Black Sea on Feb. 19, 2019, the ship’s crew conducted maritime interoperability training exercises with the Turkish navy. These operations enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and Black Sea partners. This is the fourth U.S. ship visit to Odesa since January 2018. While in…

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Russian Navy to track US missile destroyer movements in Black Sea

Note: image unverified February 19, 2019 (TASS) – Russian Black Sea Fleet ships, including the missile corvette Orekhovo-Zuyevo and the reconnaissance ship Ivan Khurs are continuously tracking the US guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook that has sailed into the Black Sea, the National Defense Management Center reported on Tuesday. It said the Donald Cook entered the Black Sea “at 17:00 Moscow time on February 19, 2019”. “The assigned means of the Black Sea Fleet have organized continuous tracking of the US missile destroyer. The direct control over its movements is…

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USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea

February 19, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait, en route to the Black Sea Feb. 19 to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness, and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the region. The ship last visited the Black Sea in January 2019, during which it visited Batumi, Georgia and conducted an exercise with two Georgian Coast Guard ships. During its time in port the ship’s crew was warmly received by their Georgian hosts…

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Fanal 2019: Last training of the carrier group before deployment

February 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – The final step before the return of the naval aviation group (GAN) in operations, the large-scale allied exercise Fanal 19, which ended on 14 February, aimed to finalize the revival of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and of the entire naval force, called Task Force 473, in which it is inserted. Commissioned by Rear-Admiral Olivier Lebas, the GAN confirmed its ability to fill the entire spectrum of missions that can be assigned to a group carrier of the forefront. Realism and high intensity…

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FS Charles de Gaulle Sails for Exercise Fanal 19

February 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – Full gas … catapulting! On 03 February, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and his airborne group sailed to participate in exercise FANAL 19. Large-scale allied training, it aims to achieve a high level of operational readiness and interoperability within an allied naval force. The aircraft carrier did not sail alone: ​​the SPS frigates “Cristobal Colon” (Spain), USS “Donald Cook” (USA) and the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) “Provence”, the command and control building. (BCR) “Marne” and a French nuclear attack submarine will act together, at…

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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Toulon

February 2, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Toulon, France, Jan. 31, for a scheduled port visit. “The crew of Donald Cook is excited to enjoy some well-deserved liberty in Toulon, France,” said Command Master Chief Jeremy Douglas. “This will give us an excellent opportunity to strengthen our relationship with France, our longtime NATO ally. Additionally, our crew is excited about enjoyed the fantastic French culture while on liberty.” Donald Cook began its eighth FDNF patrol after departing Naval Station Rota, Spain, Nov. 19, 2018. While on patrol, Donald…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Black Sea

January 28, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its south-bound transit of the Bosphorus Strait, en route to the Mediterranean Sea Jan. 28 after conducting maritime security operations and enhancing regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea, Donald Cook conducted a successful port visit in Batumi, Georgia. While in Batumi, the ship met with local officials, participated in a sports day with the Georgian Coast Guard, conducted a tree-planting community relations event,…

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USS Donald Cook arrives in Batumi, Georgia

January 21, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Batumi, Georgia, Jan. 21, 2019 for a scheduled port visit. During the port visit in Batumi, the ship is scheduled to meet with city officials, host a reception onboard, conduct a community relations project and engage in a sports day with Georgian maritime counterparts. “I would like to thank our Georgian hosts for the warm welcome and hospitality,” said Cmdr. Matthew J. Powel, commanding officer of Donald Cook. “We are honored to play an active role in strengthening U.S.-Georgian…

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RFS Pytliviy Shadowing USS Donald Cook on Black Sea

January 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – The forces of the Black Sea Fleet began tracking the American destroyer of guided missile weapons of the US Navy “Donald Cook” immediately after its entry into the Black Sea. The watchdog ship of the Black Sea Fleet “Pytlivy” began to directly monitor the actions of the American warship. In addition, throughout the stay of the destroyer URO “Donald Cook” in the area of ​​responsibility of the Black Sea Fleet, it will be monitored using electronic and technical means of the fleet. The squadron…

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USS Donald Cook Begins 8th FDNF Patrol

January 14, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain resuming its eighth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 19, 2018. Donald Cook was in Naval Station Rota for a training and maintenance availability (TRAV) period. While in port, the crew performed maintenance that was unable to be completed underway. In addition, inspectors from Afloat Training Group Norfolk embarked aboard Donald Cook to complete a mobility-seamanship inspection. “TRAV gave us a great opportunity for some much needed holiday…

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US Navy Extends Maintenance Contract for Four DDGs at Rota

October 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – The United States Navy has confirmed the extension of the maintenance work to be carried out on the four DDG 51 destroyers deployed at the Rota Naval Base. The contract with the US Navy entered into force in November 2013 with a deadline of one + six years of extension and end in November 2020. The amount of this new extension reaches 57 million euros, so the ceiling of expenditure of the entire program adds to this extension the 261 million. In total, it…

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