By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) participated in maritime interoperability training with Turkish maritime counterparts Feb 22, 2019, in the Black Sea.
Donald Cook and the Turkish Yavuz-class frigate TS Fatih (F 242) participated in an integrated surface warfare exercise, a simulated replenishment-at-sea, communications and electronic warfare exercises, and a photo exercise.
“Today’s exercise was another valuable experience for the crew of Donald Cook,” said Donald Cook’s Command Master Chief Jeremy Douglas. “Operating with Turkey is as enjoyable as it is crucial. No nation can combat global threats alone, working together gives us the opportunity to share information and experience.”
The U.S. routinely practices interoperability and high-end warfare with allies and partners. Multinational training enhances interoperability partners and allies allowing us to maintain vigilance to the degree necessary to promote a secure and prosperous region.
Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, deployed from Naval Station Rota, Spain on Nov. 19, 2018 on it’s eighth forward-deployed naval forces patrol.
While on patrol, Donald Cook is scheduled to conduct naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
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.