Cyprus Welcomes USS Donald Cook

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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) entered Larnaca, Cyprus, October 13 for a scheduled port visit.

Donald Cook is on patrol in support of the U.S European Phased Adaptive Approach to NATO Ballistic Missile Defense. Donald Cook’s Presence represents a commitment by the U.S. to maintain safety and security throughout Europe.

Cmdr. Charles E. Hampton, commanding officer, USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), said:

Donald Cook makes our second visit in 18 months to Cyprus and looks forward to maintaining close relations with a close ally in the region working with our Cypriot friends to promote peace and stability throughout the region.

The Donald Cook has made port in Cyprus once before during a previous forward deployed patrol in July 2014.

Donald Cook, 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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