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U.S. Destroyer Donald Cook Returns to Black Sea

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain on Feb. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain on Feb. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

The forward deployed U.S. destroyer that was buzzed by Russian fighters in April has returned to the Black Sea, according to photographs of the ship crossing through the Bosphorus.

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) entered the region on Dec. 26 and is part of an ongoing U.S. and NATO presence mission that has started in shortly after the Russian forced annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

The ongoing Operation Atlantic Resolve, led in part by U.S. 6th Fleet, to demonstrate U.S., “commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies and support for our partners in Europe, in light of the on-going Russian intervention in Ukraine,” read a statement from U.S. 6th Fleet.
Donald Cook’s presence in the Black Sea will serve to reaffirm the U.S. dedication to commitment towards strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst U.S., NATO and regional Black Sea partners.”

Cook was in the Black Sea in April when two Russian Sukhoi SU-24 Fencer fighters buzzed the ship in an action the Pentagon called “provocative” and “unprofessional.”

The ship completed its first U.S. 6th Fleet patrol from its new homeport in Rota, Spain in July.

U.S. ships operate under the 1936 Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits.
Montreux rules call for warships from countries with out a coast on the Black Sea to depart after 21 days.

  • OLDNAVYVET

    And the purpose is to “reaffirm? It will accomplish nothing.

  • Secundius

    Yes it does, if the Russians accidentally hit a Nato ship’s making a Port Call in the Ukraine, it could bring Nato into the war…

    • OLDNAVYVET

      I am talking about the USS Cook. What ports will they be visiting?

      • Secundius

        @ OLDNAVYVET.

        Well there’s the naval base in Odessa and the Headquarters Fleet Naval Base in Sevastopol…

        • OLDNAVYVET

          So you are saying they will be dropping anchor there? Don’t the Russians have “De Facto” control over Sevastopol? I wonder why they did not visit there on their last deployment?

          • Secundius

            @ OLDNAVYVET.

            Do they. I knew the Ukraine had three Naval Bases, I could only remember two of them…

  • Marcd30319

    If you don’t “reaffirm” your right to navigate in international waters such as the Black Sea, you set a precedent that cannot be undone.
    Case study — The Gulf of Sidra, Gaddafi’s so-called “Line of Death, ” and Operation Attain Document.

    • OLDNAVYVET

      Re-read the 1936 Montreaux documents. It does not address navigation of the Black Sea.

      • Marcd30319

        I’ve read it, Chief. It states that non-Black Sea powers like the United States can have up to two (2) warships operate in the Black Sea for up to 22 days. That’s caled freedom of navigation, and the Donald Cook is exercising our right to navigate in the Black Sea.

      • Secundius

        @ OldNavyVet.

        Here’s question for you concerning the Montreaux Treaty of 1936. The Treaty clearly states that No Ship with a Gun Caliber of 8-inches or more can Navigate inside the Black Sea. Considering that LaWS Laser System, has a Focal Aperture of 600mm (23.622-inches). Would and ship carrying the LaWS Laser be allowed to navigate the Black Sea. I know that the Treaty, doesn’t specifically mention Energy Based Weapons of any kind. What exactly is the LaWS, a Naval Gun, Communications Array, or What…

        • OLDNAVYVET

          Who cares? It’s a mud puddle.

          • Secundius

            @ OldNavyVet.

            Thank you, a fair enough answer…

          • evangelical

            How is that a fair answer? The real answer is the US is pissing away its international credibility by behaving worse than the Soviet Union ever did. How many millions has the US killed across the world with Jormungand-like military bases strangling the world, picking on poor defenseless tribal people trying to defend their land from predatory oil gluttony.

            The only thing people will shed a tear for if Russia snuck up and Nuked the US off the face of the earth is that the US would never be able to repay their debts to everyone.

  • TVista

    Is there any truth in the rumour that in April 2014 the USS Donald Cook was disarmed when an SU-24 containing a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny flew past and disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer and jammed the all-powerful Aegis system and that as a result 27 demoralised crew members have subsequently requested to be relieved from active service?

    • Secundius

      @ TVista.

      I think next time we should return the complement, and give them a “zorch”. Turn the “gain” to maximum on the Aegis AN/SPY-3 radar system. with the added bonus of given the Russian Pilot Jockey “two-headed” children…

    • antred

      Common sense says that it’s a Russian propaganda stunt. Think about it, how many U.S. Navy sailors “resigned” during WWII, when ships got sunk left, right and center? Or in the Gulf when the USS Stark was hit by 2 Iraqi missiles and suffered nearly 30 casualties. Or when the USS Samuel B. Roberts ran on an Iranian mine and nearly sank. But 10 percent of the friggin’ crew resign from the service because their ship got buzzed by an aircraft of a nation the U.S. isn’t even at war with? Yeah right.

      Not to mention that the Russian pilot couldn’t even tell the difference between having “disarmed” the Donald Cook, or the ship’s systems simply exercising strict emission control (EMCON).

      • Secundius

        @ antred.

        Next time a Russian Fighter make a High-Speed, Low-Altitude Pass. The COOK should boost the Gain to Maximum on its SPY-1 Radar, and ZORCH the Fighter, and see how well it flies after that…

  • Jason Smith

    can’t sail a warship, who’s purpose is military intimidation, and not expect to be buzzed…you get what you pay for.

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  • Sixgun

    Navy.. floating inner city high schools, and sitting ducks in a real war. Sailors today are less than 1% of the men their grandfathers were. So sad.

    • Secundius

      @ Sixgun.

      With due respect, but most Sailor’s of their Grandfather’s era, weren’t even High School educated. It his Actions and Deed’s that make a Sailor, not his Education Level…

      • evangelical

        Not around high tech equipment. Education level has everything to do with it.

    • Ezra Pound

      Doesn’t anyone else wonder why Russia and China are not building carriers? I think it is because they know that carriers will be useless in a real war. As far back as the 70’s Admiral Rickover testified to the US Senate that in a war with Russia our carriers would last 2-3 days tops before they were on the bottom.

      • Secundius

        @ Ezra Pound.

        I remember back in the ’80’s. A Russian Major was asked, “When would be a good time to attack the Soviet Union”. He responded by saying Anytime. Most Russian Soldiers, are so bored. That they given cans of Green Spray Paint, to paint the Leaves in Tree’s and Paint the Grass too. In inspections, Russian Soldiers were told just paint the Tanks, so the looked like they just came off the Assembly Line. There’s a Russian Term for it, which is still use today. The “Stalin Model”. Quantity trumps quality…

        • Ezra Pound

          I have no doubt there’s a lot of internal rot in the Russian military, but what does that have to do with the vulnerabilities of our carriers?

          • Secundius

            @ Ezra Pound.

            Exactly how are our Aircraft Carrier vulnerably. Russia virtually has NO Navy. And China Attack Aircraft have Short Leg range with maximum ordnance loads. So how are they Vulnerable…

          • Michael

            One high speed cruise missal with a small nuke would not even have to get close and still take out most of the carrier group. Could be fired from a sub, or any ship miles away. They fly twenty feet off the water and at 5000 miles per hour, we have nothing to shoot them down. Carriers are to intimidate much smaller countries.

          • Secundius

            @ Michael.

            Unless the Nation State that Launched that Missile found Someway to Reverse Engineer “Klingon” Technology. NO Missile on Earth can travel 5,000mph at 20-foot Altitude without “Vaporizing” before Hitting It’s Target. And even if it could, the Submarine and it’s crew would be just as DEAD…

      • Joe smith

        The thing is. You don’t need a hot war to make carriers useful. They are still the best tools for power projection during ‘peacetime’ regardless of how vulnerable they are.

      • Secundius

        @ Ezra Pound.

        The PRC is building Carriers, the problem is their NOT very go at Building Carriers. And Russia, has plans to Build a Carrier, the problem being. That their even Worse at building Carrier’s…

      • evangelical

        Carriers are mobile oppression palaces, they are only good at launching a few dozen air planes to bomb defenseless tribal leaders.

        When will the US just put drones on carriers and call it good? Carriers will never fight Carrier battles in an ocean war, and will never be useful for more than bombing civilians in the 3rd world.

        China is building carriers because they intend to oppress 3rd world countries like Vietnam and Taiwan (whose only strength other than firing missiles at mainland china is that the US says they would defend them..yeah right).

  • evangelical

    Russia should float some warships into the Gulf and call it something like “Atlantic Resolve” and declare they are there to monitor the ongoing civil war in Mexico between Drug Cartels and a corrupt US puppet Dictator.

    • paddyommalley

      Why? Obama would embarrass the nation and the Navy.

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  • paddyommalley

    I was on a DER in the wonderful days of the Cold War and when up North we were buzzed by Russian Bears who liked taking our pictures while we all gave them the 21 Finger Salute. We had Soviet Trawlers try to shadow us but the old man would track them down and offer them ice cream, cigarettes, etc. and they would leave the area. We would often run ASW drills on their boats who were trying to get by us. I was a Torpedoman and one time the old man was worked up because the Ruskie boat would not respond to his request to identify itself, so he had me drop a couple of grenades on them. They surfaced and were pissed off, but we gave them the two handed 21 Finger Salute for their troubles. We had us a fine Navy in those days, Jack Kennedy was the Commander in Chief at the time and aggressive was the uniform of the day.

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