The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, on March 30th, after finishing its fifth forward-deployed patrol.
Donald Cook’s forward presence in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean, the ship’s participation in Flag Officer Sea Training and its port visits with allies and partners contributed to regional stability and demonstrated the U.S.’s commitment to the collective security of the European region.
“As Donald Cook’s fifth U.S. 6th Fleet patrol comes to an end, I continue to be amazed at the absolute professionalism and resolve of our Sailors. From the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Northern Atlantic Ocean, I remain honored to lead the Donald Cook Team — they are true ambassadors to Europe”, said Cmdr. Timothy Moore, USS Donald Cook’s commanding officer.
During this patrol, Donald Cook participated in Flag Officer Sea Training and completed several U.S. training and certification events.
The ship conducted four port visits, including Gaeta, Italy; Souda Bay, Greece; Plymouth, U.K.; and Cobh, Ireland.