USS Donald Cook to Enter Black Sea

AEGEAN SEA – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) will enter the Black Sea, Aug. 28, 2015, to promote peace and stability in the region.

The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability with our allies and partners.

Continue reading for quick facts and additional links…

150124-N-JN664-196 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 24, 2015) The in port emergency team participates in a damage control drill aboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) Jan. 24, 2014. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera/Released)

150124-N-JN664-196 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Jan. 24, 2015) The in port emergency team participates in a damage control drill aboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) Jan. 24, 2014. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera/Released)

Quote:

“Forward deployed naval forces play a critical role in the deterrence mission. Over the past year we have sustained a presence in the Black Sea, even as we operate consistently in the Mediterranean. We are making our presence in the region ‘normal,’ and we are conducting regular and frequent exercises and engagements with navies in the area.”

-Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. James Foggo

Quick Facts:

  • Donald Cook entered the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies and support for our partners in Europe. All DoD efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under the umbrella of Atlantic Resolve.
  • The U.S. remains committed to maintaining a persistent presence in Eastern Europe. We look forward to further commitments by our allies to ensure a coordinated and continuous land, air and sea presence in the region as part of the commitments made at the NATO Summit.
  • The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent international law.
  • USS Donald Cook (DDG 78), 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 the Black Sea region.

 

Additional Links:

USS Donald Cook Visits Théoule-sur-mer, France

USS Donald Cook Begins Third Rotational Patrol in U.S. 6th Fleet

USS Donald Cook Departs Plymouth, Continues FOST Training

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