Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Genaro Ortiz, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), picks up his son following the ship’s arrival to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on July 18, 2021. US Navy Photo
Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is back in the U.S. after seven years as one of four forward-deployed ballistic missile defense ships based in Rota, Spain. Read More
Sgt. 1st Class Richard Winterfeld, company-level training advisor, observes Armed Forces of Ukraine troops conducting movement down a road at Combat Training Center-Yavoriv, Ukraine, March 30, 2021. U.S. Army Photo
While the current build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine rivals the 2014 annexation of Crimea – when Russia openly backed separatists trying to sever ties to Kyiv – the United States’ top commander in Europe today described the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine in the coming weeks as between “low and medium.” Read More
A Sailor removes a mooring line from a bollard to assist the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in getting underway while pier-side at Naval Station Norfolk Mar. 26. US Navy Photo
Destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain over the weekend as it officially becomes part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E). Read More
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departs Naval Station Rota for the last time as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe fleet, on June 27, 2020. Carney will return to Naval Station Mayport, Fla. US Navy photo.
Destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) is on its way back to Florida after serving for five years as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) out of Naval Station Rota, Spain. Read More
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), front, the Royal Navy Type-23 Duke-class frigate HMS Kent (F78), the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) conduct joint operations to ensure maritime security in the Arctic Ocean, May 5, 2020. Royal Navy photo.
The head of U.S. naval forces in Europe would like to see more coordination and more dialogue in the Arctic, where military and commercial traffic are increasing, and so is the risk of miscalculations. Read More
USS Porter (DDG-78) entering Black Sea on June 17, 2020. Photo by Yörük Işık used with permission
Destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) began its transit to the Black Sea today, the third time this year a U.S. Navy ship has patrolled there. Read More
USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) transits the Black Sea on April 21, 2014. US Navy Photo
Five years into basing four guided-missile destroyers in Spain as part of a larger European ballistic missile defense scheme, the Navy announced it will start to cycle out the warships for more modernized hulls.. Read More
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as the ship transits the Strait of Gibraltar on Dec. 4, 2018. US Navy Photo
The top American officer in Europe wants two more destroyers stationed in his area of responsibility and a “better pace” of carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups moving through the region, he said during a Tuesday hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Read More
Remnants of a RQ-4 Global Hawk that was recovered on June 26, 2018 off the coast of Spain. USNI News Photo
After two months of silence, military officials have acknowledged the crash and recovery of an Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle from the Atlantic after the massive surveillance drone crashed off the coast of Spain in late June, U.S. European Command officials told USNI News on Thursday. Read More
USS Ross (DDG-71) departs the Black Sea via the Bosporus on Feb. 28, 2018. Photo by Yörük Işık used with permission.
Guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) departed the Black Sea Wednesday, after nearly two weeks of conducting maritime security operations.