30 Jan '14, 10pm
USS Donald Cook to depart for homeport shift to Rota, Spain
The USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) will depart its homeport of Norfolk, Va., January 31, 2014, on her way to Rota, Spain, as the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota, Spain. To enhance the security of the European region, three additional Ballistic Missile Defense-capable destroyers -- USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Porter (DDG 78) from Norfolk, Va., and USS Carney (DDG 64) from Mayport, Fla. will also join the Donald Cook over the course of the next two years. “The U.S. has a historically strong partnership with Spain, and the strength of that relationship is exemplified today as the first of four U.S. Navy destroyers departs for Rota, Spain,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “Permanently forward deploying four ships in Rota will enable us to be in the right place, not just at the right time, but all the time.” These multi-mission ...