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USS Donald Cook Visits Haifa

March 22, 2018 at 3:01 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alyssa Weeks

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Haifa, Israel, March 22, 2018, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Israeli relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.


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

“The crew of the Donald Cook is excited to return to the city of Haifa.  This port visit provides us with an opportunity to meet with the people of Haifa, and to experience the rich history and culture of Israel.  Engagements such as these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our partners as we work toward mutual goals,” said Cmdr. Matthew Powel, commanding officer of Donald Cook.

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

Donald Cook is scheduled to participate in a community relation project at the Arab-Jewish Community Garden and a basketball tournament with Leo Baeck’s Arab and Jewish basketball team at the Leo Baeck Sports Center.

Recent U.S. Navy visits to Israel include the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) in November 2017, the America-class amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) in October 2017, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) in August 2017, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in July 2017, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 79) in May 2017, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) in March 2017 and the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in March 2018.

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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