U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Donald Cook Visits Larnaca, Cyprus

The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Larnaca, Cyprus, April 5, 2018, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Cyprus relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.

The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security.

“It has been greater than two years since USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) had a port visit in Larnaca, Cyprus. With 2/3rds of the crew turned over, we look forward to learning about Cyprus’ culture, rich history, and tasting the amazing food. We are excited to spend the next of couple days in such a great port,” said Cmdr. Kelley Jones, executive officer of Donald Cook.

Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Larnaca builds enduring relationships and emphasizes our shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability as UN members.

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.

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75)

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is the 25th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in service with the United States Navy.

The ship is named after Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Donald Cook.

USS Donald Cook was the 14th ship of this class to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and construction began on 9 July 1996. She was launched and christened on 3 May 1997. On 4 December 1998 she was commissioned at Penn’s Landing Pier in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On 16 February 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Donald Cook will be one of four ships to be homeported at Naval Station Rota, Spain. In Rota she forms part of Destroyer Squadron 60.

MC2 Alyssa Weeks

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