USS Donald Cook Arrives in Haifa

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) — Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit, June 19.

Such port visits serve to enhance U.S.-Israeli relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous region.

“My crew looks forward to this excellent opportunity to continue building relationships with our Israeli partners and experience the rich history and culture of Israel,” said Cmdr. Timothy Moore, Donald Cook’s commanding officer. “Furthermore, Donald Cook’s Haifa visit promotes our goal of international diplomacy and enhances U.S.-Israeli maritime presence and interoperability in the Levant region.”

Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Haifa demonstrates the shared commitment we have to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability with partners like Israel.

Donald Cook will host a reception for local government officials in Haifa.

Donald Cook is currently on a forward-deployed patrol, working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve our maritime forces, maintain regional security, and work towards mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe.

Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota March 16.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Israel, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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