US, Romanian Ships Conduct NATO Underway Engagements in Black Sea

Release Date: 4/24/2014 | 1430

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

BLACK SEA - The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with ships from the Romanian Navy in the Black Sea, April 23.

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BLACK SEA (April 23, 2014) - The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea ahead of the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) (center), and the Romanian navy ships ROS Regina Maria (F 222) (left) and ROS Marasesti (F 111). Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

BLACK SEA - The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with ships from the Romanian Navy in the Black Sea, April 23.

The exercise was aimed at improving maritime capabilities and reassuring our NATO allies and partners of our commitment to the alliance and to their security.

Romanian ships ROS Regina Maria (F 222) and ROS Marasesti (F 111) were participants in the exercise with Romanian sailors conducting visit, board, search and seizure evolutions aboard Donald Cook. Donald Cook’s crew acted as suspects during the training evolution.

The U.S. Navy, on a normal and routine basis, operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.

Donald Cook and Taylor are deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, perform search and rescue activities, support humanitarian missions, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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BLACK SEA (April 23, 2014) - Cmdr. Scott Jones, commanding officer of the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) waves to the Romanian navy ship ROS Marasesti (F 111) as it passes. Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

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BLACK SEA (April 23, 2014) - The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea ahead of the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) (left), and the Romanian navy ships ROS Regina Maria (F 222) (middle) and ROS Marasesti (F 111). Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

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BLACK SEA (April 23, 2014) - A Romanian navy sailor participates in a visit, board, search and seizure exercise aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III/Released) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+