USS Donald Cook Expected in the Black Sea

US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) will enter the Black Sea, Aug. 28, 2015, to promote peace and stability in the region.

The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability with their allies and partners.

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. James Foggo, said:

Forward deployed naval forces play a critical role in the deterrence mission. Over the past year we have sustained a presence in the Black Sea, even as we operate consistently in the Mediterranean. We are making our presence in the region ‘normal,’ and we are conducting regular and frequent exercises and engagements with navies in the area.

Donald Cook entered the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

USS Donald Cook (DDG 78), forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Black Sea region.

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