You are here
USS Donald Cook Begins Fourth FDNF Patrol
USS Donald Cook departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, to begin her fourth forward-deployed patrol in support of ballistic missile defense of Europe.
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, on March 14th, 2016, to begin her fourth forward-deployed patrol in support of ballistic missile defense of Europe and demonstrate the U.S. commitment to collective defense of allies and partners under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Donald Cook’s forward presence in the 6th Fleet area of Operations, and the ship’s participation in theater exercises and port visits with allies and partners will contribute to EUCOM’s overarching efforts toward regional stability.
“The last four months in Rota, Spain have given the crew of the Donald Cook the chance to recharge for our fourth patrol since arriving in Rota in February 2014. As we head out to sea there is always the air of excitement as we hit the familiar waters of the Mediterranean Sea in the 6th Fleet area of Operations.”
- Cmdr. Charles Hampton, USS Donald Cook commanding officer