By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron J. Godbold
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Cherbourg, France, Oct. 18, 2017, for a scheduled port visit. The visit serves to enhance U.S.-France relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.
This is Donald Cook’s 4th port visit of their 6th forward-deployed patrol. While in-port, Donald Cook is planning to hold an office call with French officials, conduct a community relations project, and take on supplies and fuel.
"The Donald Cook crew is looking forward to this port visit to Cherbourg, France,” said Jeremy Douglas, Donald Cook Command Master Chief. “This will be a great opportunity to continue building relationships with the French and enjoy the rich history and culture France has to offer."
This will be Donald Cook’s first port call after successfully completing exercise Formidable Shield 2017. During Formidable Shield, the ship was successful in launching a Standard Missile 3, proving the U.S. Navy’s capability of conducting ballistic missile defense in the region.
“After a few weeks underway and finishing up with exercise Formidable Shield, it will be a welcome chance to catch some down time and recharge my batteries,” said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Adam Thomas. “I am looking forward to seeing the sights, especially Paris where I plan on spending most of my time.”
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with joint, allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
Port calls like this help to strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our NATO allies as we work toward mutual goals.
Recent port visits to France France include USS Oscar Austin in October 2017, USS Carter Hall in September 2017, USS Truxtun in July 2017, USS Carney in May 2017, and USS Monterey in December 2016.