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USS Donald Cook Completes Saxon Warrior 2017

August 13, 2017 at 4:45 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) concluded its participation in exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 Aug. 10.

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From Aug. 1 2017 until Aug. 10, 2017, Donald Cook conducted several training events during Saxon Warrior to include naval surface fire support drills, tactical maneuvering events, air warfare scenarios and other evolutions. 

"I am impressed with my crew's performance in the complex multi-national training environment presented at Saxon Warrior 2017,” said Cmdr. Timothy Moore, commanding officer of Donald Cook.  “The seamless integration of Donald Cook into the U.K.-led George H. W. Bush carrier strike group demonstrated superb interoperability and the overwhelming collective power projection provided by an allied force."

​​​Saxon Warrior was a United States and United Kingdom co-hosted exercise that focused on the interoperability and robust training of key allies across the full spectrum of carrier strike group warfare areas.

“Donald Cook was fortunate to participate in Saxon Warrior 2017,” said Cmdr. Kelley Jones, executive officer of Donald Cook.  “The ship was able to improve their warfighting skills by acting as the alternate air warfare commander.  We gleamed a lot of lessons learned as we worked feverishly to integrate into the carrier strike group.  We always appreciate the opportunity to learn and hone our skill set."

Saxon Warrior employed units from the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group and the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group. Germany, Norway and Sweden also participated with ships, aircraft and personnel.

The U.S. is committed to working closely with NATO and partner nations as well as the international community to strengthen proficiency in the conduct of maritime operations by providing credible and capable naval force.

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.

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