The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook dinner (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Mayport following a three-month deployment, April 24. Donald Cook dinner departed Naval Station Mayport in January on a short-notice deployment to function with NATO Allies and companions within the Japanese Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea. The crew spent greater than 70 days at sea and performed three port visits in help of maritime safety partnerships in Copenhagen, Denmark; Rostock, Germany; and the Isle of Portland, England. The ship acquired warfare excellence awards in communications, engineering and ship security whereas underway.

“Visiting different counties as a consultant of the US is surreal. Folks advised us how good Individuals are in every single place we went, and we had been proven superb hospitality by the civilians of different NATO nations. There’s no higher feeling than making a constructive influence on different folks’s perspective of America,” stated Fireplace Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Brady Itkin.


“The crew put in loads of arduous work over the previous yr. This recognition is unquestionably a testomony to all of our efforts,” stated Ensign Benjamin Steen, digital warfare officer aboard Donald Cook dinner.

“The crew demonstrated their tenacity by executing multinational workout routines and nationwide tasking on brief discover throughout this surge deployment. Our operations over the previous few months have demonstrated our proficiency and functionality in addition to reaffirming our dedication to the NATO Alliance. I couldn’t be extra happy with the resiliency and professionalism the crew displayed throughout this deployment,” stated Cmdr. Matt Curnen, commanding officer of Donald Cook dinner.

Whereas deployed, Donald Cook dinner participated in NATO Train Dynamic Guard 2022 within the North Sea. Dynamic Guard, hosted by Norway, is a biannual, multinational digital warfare train sequence designed to supply tactical coaching for the NATO Response Drive and NATO nationwide models. For the primary time in three years, two U.S. vessels participated to additional improve the continuing cooperation, energy and interoperability between NATO Allies. Donald Cook dinner is scheduled to begin a significant upkeep availability, their first since coming back from their former homeport of Rota, Spain, in June. U.S. 2nd Fleet, reestablished in 2018 in response to the altering world safety surroundings, develops and employs maritime forces able to combat throughout a number of domains within the Atlantic and Arctic with a purpose to guarantee entry, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied, and accomplice pursuits.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook dinner (DDG 75) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, Apr. 13. Donald Cook dinner, homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, is working in U.S. 2nd Fleet in help of naval operations to keep up maritime stability and safety with a purpose to guarantee entry, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and accomplice pursuits. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacob Milham)