USS Donald Cook to Enter Black Sea


Story Number: NNS140409-01Release Date: 4/9/2014 6:38:00 AM
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From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

SEA OF CRETE (NNS) -- The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) will enter the Black Sea to promote peace and stability in the region, April 10.

The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law. Donald Cook's mission is to reassure NATO allies of the U.S. Navy's commitment to strengthen and improve interoperability while working toward mutual goals in the region.

While in the Black Sea, Donald Cook will participate in exercises and operations to improve interoperability, increase readiness and enhance relationships. This deployment demonstrates our commitment to working closely with Black Sea allies and partners to enhance maritime security, readiness, and naval capability.

Donald Cook is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, perform search and rescue activities, support humanitarian missions, conduct bi-lateral and multi-lateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments, throughout the region.

Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, in support of the President's European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense in Europe.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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