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USS Donald Cook Begins Fourth FDNF Patrol

March 28, 2016 at 1:54 PM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

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

Quick Facts: 
Donald Cook’s third patrol from July to November 2015 included Underway engagements with the Turkish, Romanian and Ukrainian naval forces, as well as port visits to, Turkey, France, Cyprus and Ukraine, where Donald Cook hosted a reception attended by the Prime Minister of Ukraine; Commander of the Naval Forces Armed Forces of Ukraine; U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; Minister of Defense of Ukraine; Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. James Foggo III; Commander Task Force 65; Capt. Dromerhauser, and other exercise participants.
Donald Cook’s second patrol, completed April, 2015, included underway engagements with French, Ukrainian and Turkish naval forces, as well as port visits to Romania, Bulgaria and Israel.
On its first forward deployed patrol, from March to July 2014, Donald Cook’s patrol also included engagements during port visits in Constanta, Romania, where the crew hosted Romanian President Traian Băsescu.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.