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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USS Donald Cook Returns to Port Following FDNF Patrol

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Nov. 17, after conducting its sixth forward-deployed naval forces patrol.  While on patrol, Donald Cook participated in exercises Saxon Warrior 2017, Joint Warrior 2017, Formidable Shield 2017 and Dogu Akdeniz 2017, to further stability and security in the region. “It has been a very exciting patrol for me,” said Cmdr. Matt Powel, commanding officer of Donald Cook. “The crew performed outstandingly over the last four months. I am amazed and humbled by their professionalism and resiliency.”  Multinational exercises like the…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Cherbourg

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Cherbourg, France, after a scheduled port visit Oct. 22. This was Donald Cook’s fourth port visit during their sixth forward-deployed patrol. While in Cherbourg, Donald Cook held an officer call with French officials, conducted a community relations project and received supplies. “We had a great port visit in Cherbourg,” said Cmdr. Kelley Jones, executive officer of Donald Cook. “The Sailors of Donald Cook showed what a true ambassador looks like and helped to strengthen our relationship with France. The crew enjoyed the rich history…

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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Faslane

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Faslane, Scottland, for scheduled port visit Sept. 29. This is Donald Cook’s 3rd port visit of their 6th forward-deployed patrol. While in port Donald Cook is scheduled to participate in a community relations project, receive supplies and fuel, and finish final preparations for exercise Formidable Shield 2017. “Faslane should be a great port for us and the ship giving us a quick look at how some of our NATO allies live their lives on a daily basis while also giving us a chance…

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“Speed-to-Fleet” Answered the Call Missiles On-Target “Skin to Skin”

April 3, 2017 – The United States Navy’s Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) just completed a remarkable tactical milestone marked by two live-missile intercepts fired from USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Gulf of Cadiz on Spain’s southwestern coast. On the afternoon of March 30, Donald Cook and Ross each successfully intercepted anti-ship cruise missile target drones with live missiles fired from the ships’ new SeaRAM close-in weapons systems. As part of the Navy’s “Speed to Fleet” program, the SeaRAM self-defense missile system was…

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USS Donald Cook Completes FOST

March 20, 2017 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) completed Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) March 16.  The FOST certification aims to certify NATO ships in advanced warfare areas. “This being our second visit to FOST the crew was well prepared and it showed. The professional staff at FOST flexed the crew through serials and drills that emphasized communication and partnership with multi-nation forces. It was, once again, a phenomenal opportunity to see how our forces integrate; and to see what we can adopt in our Navy’s culture and procedures…

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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Cobh

March 21,, 2017 – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Cobh, Ireland, March 21, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Irish relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous European region. The ship’s presence in the north Atlantic Ocean is a demonstration of continued commitment to the collective security of the European region. “Donald Cook has been looking forward to this port visit for a long time. Many of our crew can trace their family roots back to Ireland.…

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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Plymouth for FOST

February 23, 2017 – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Plymouth, United Kingdom, Feb. 22, for a scheduled port visit to complete the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) certification. FOST is an advanced warfare certification training event conducted with the British Royal navy. The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to and collective defense of the European region. “It’s great to be in the waters of the southwest British Isles again for Flag Officer Sea Training. Our…

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