USS Donald Cook Visits Theoule-Sur-Mer, France

August 16, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) visits Theoule-Sur-Mer, France, for scheduled port visit August 14-16. The port visit is in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the allied invasion of Southern France — known as Operation Dragoon. Every year, mayors and civic leaders from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in Southern France request U.S. military participation to commemorate…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Haifa

August 6, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Haifa August 5, 2019, after a scheduled port visit to participate in the Israel-led event Exercise Mighty Waves 2019. The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to collective security with regional partners. “Donald Cook’s successful port visit to Haifa shows our…

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Navy to Rotate Four Destroyers in Rota, add Helicopter Squadron

June 4, 2019 – The U.S. Navy plans to rotate the four currently Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) ships with newer, modernized ships in order to posture the most capable forces forward in the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). Additionally, the U.S. Navy intends to relocate a helicopter maritime strike squadron (HSM) to Rota, Spain, in support…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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