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Old 11-23-2020, 07:09 AM
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Thumbs up U.S. Navy Warship USS Donald Cook Enters the Black Sea

U.S. Navy Warship USS Donald Cook Enters the Black Sea
By:Lt. j.g. Sarah Claudy, USS Donald Cook Public Affairs | Nov. 23, 2020
and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet
Re: https://www.c6f.navy.mil/Press-Room/...the-black-sea/

BLACK SEA —
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transited into the Black Sea in support of NATO Allies and partners, Nov. 23, 2020.

This is the seventh time a U.S. Navy ship has visited the Black Sea since the beginning of 2020. The last ship to visit the region was USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) in September. While in the Black Sea, Donald Cook will conduct routine maritime security operations that support regional stability.

“Operating in the Black Sea signifies our commitment to partners and allies in the region,” said Cmdr. Kelley Jones, commanding officer of Donald Cook. “It is an important diplomatic mission, and Donald Cook has enjoyed the hospitality of Black Sea countries many times before.”

The Black Sea is a critical waterway for maritime commerce and stability throughout Europe. The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea to work with our NATO Allies and partners, including Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine. It is in the world’s best interest to maintain a stable, prosperous Black Sea region and deter aggressive actors who seek destabilization for their own gain.

Donald Cook recently began its 11th patrol of the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with international law, including the Montreux Convention.

The ship’s operations in the Black Sea strengthens interoperability among NATO allies and partners and demonstrate collective resolve to Black Sea security under Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Four U.S. Navy destroyers, including Donald Cook, are based in Rota, Spain, and assigned to Commander, Task Force 65 in support of NATO’s Integrated Air Missile Defense architecture. These Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe ships have the flexibility to operate throughout the waters of Europe and Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Arctic Circle, demonstrating their mastery of the maritime domain.

U.S. Sixth 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.

Photo link: https://media.defense.gov/2020/Nov/2...JI086-1221.JPG
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) sails alongside Georgian coast guard ships in the Black Sea, Jan. 25, 2019. Donald Cook, forward- deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its eighth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams)

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Personal note: Have a safe tour and keep your powder dry.

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USS Ross Completes NATO ADEX
By: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christine Montgomery
Re: https://www.c6f.navy.mil/Press-Room/...tes-nato-adex/

BALTIC SEA —
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) completed a series of tactical air defense exercises with NATO in the Baltic Sea, Nov. 24.

Ross air-intercept controllers gained control of two Italian Eurofighter Typhoon F2000 aircraft assigned to NATO for a series of tactical air defense exercises.

“Operating in the Baltic has provided us with invaluable training opportunities that allow our watch teams the ability to enhance their collective warfighting skills,” said Cmdr. John D. John, commanding officer of Ross. “We rely on these exercises with our NATO Allies to help strengthen our mutual commitment to regional stability in the Baltic.”

Recently, Ross conducted uninterrupted operations in the Artic with logistical support from Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO-203), marking the third time this year that a U.S. destroyer has operated in the Barents Sea. Ross also completed similar exercises with Portuguese Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to NATO in September.

The ship’s operations in the Baltic Sea strengthens interoperability among NATO Allies and partners and demonstrates collective resolve to Black Sea security under Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, began its 10th Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol Aug. 29 in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

Four U.S. Navy destroyers, including Ross, are based in Rota, Spain, and assigned to Commander, Task Force 65 in support of NATO’s Integrated Air Missile Defense architecture. These Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe ships have the flexibility to operate throughout the waters of Europe and Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Arctic Circle, demonstrating their mastery of the maritime domain.

U.S. Sixth 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 security interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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