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USS Donald Cook Departs Haifa

June 26, 2018 at 12:55 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alyssa Weeks

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Haifa, Israel, June 25, 2018, after a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Israeli relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.

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The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security.

“This port visit provides our crew with an opportunity to meet with the people of Haifa, and to experience the rich history and culture of Israel,” said Cmdr. Matthew Powel, commanding officer of Donald Cook. “Additionally, engaging with the Israeli Navy allows us to reinforce the military-to-military relationship, build interoperability and strengthen the bond between our two nations.”

While in port, Donald Cook participated in a community relations project with the Kiryat Yam youth at the Savionim School, June 22.

Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Haifa demonstrates enduring relationships while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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