Destroyer USS Donald Cook Enters Black Sea for Second Time this Year

February 19, 2019 5:59 PM
USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) enters the Black Sea via the Bosporus on Feb. 19, 2019. Photo by Yörük Işık‏ used with permission.

A Navy guided-missile destroyer is operating in the Black Sea after entering the region earlier on Tuesday.

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75)  is scheduled to conduct maritime security operations as part of NATO’s ongoing Operation Atlantic Resolve, according to the Navy.

It’s the second time USS Donald Cook (DDG-75)  has been in the Black Sea this year. In January, Cook made a port call to Batumi, Georgia and exercised with two Georgian Coast Guard cutters, according to the Navy.

“Each visit here affords us the unique opportunity to work with our regional maritime partners,” Cmdr. Matthew Powel, Donald Cook’s commanding officer said in a statement. “The crew and I look forward to experiencing the rich history and culture in this region.”

Donald Cook is forward deployed to Rota, Spain, and has made several trips to the Black Sea through the years, as part of the Navy’s continual effort demonstrating a commitment to partnering with NATO allies locating on the Black Sea.

A month ago, while in the Black Sea, the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s guard ship, Krivak II-class frigate Pytlivy (808), tracked Donald Cook’s movements, according to media accounts.

Also, in January amphibious warship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) entered the Black Sea, visiting the Romanian port Constanta. After the port visit, Fort McHenry and the Romanian frigate Regele Ferdinand (King Ferdinand) conducted joint exercises in the territorial waters off of Romania.

Ben Werner

Ben Werner

Ben Werner is a staff writer for USNI News. He has worked as a freelance writer in Busan, South Korea, and as a staff writer covering education and publicly traded companies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore Business Journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from New York University.

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