USS Donald Cook (DDG-75)
|Name:||USS Donald Cook|
|Ordered:||19 January 1993|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Laid down:||9 July 1996|
|Launched:||3 May 1997|
|Acquired:||21 August 1998|
|Commissioned:||4 December 1998|
|Homeport:||Naval Station Rota|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2014[update]|
|Class & type:||Arleigh Burke class destroyer|
|Displacement:||Light: approx. 6,765 tons
Full: approx. 8,900 tons
|Length:||505 ft (154 m)|
|Beam:||66 ft (20 m)|
|Draft:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)|
|Speed:||>30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Range:||4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
(8,100 km at 37 km/h)
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel
1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc missiles
|Aircraft carried:||1 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked|
|Motto:||Faith Without Fear|
Named for Donald Cook, a Vietnam War prisoner of war who died in captivity, the destroyer was commissioned in 1998. It was one of the first U.S. warships to come to the aid of the USS Cole after it was damaged by suicide bombers on 12 October 2000. In 2003, the ship fired Tomahawk missiles during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Donald Cook was featured in the "Super Fast Warship" episode of Build It Bigger.
On 16 February 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Donald Cook will be one of four ships to be homeported in Rota, Spain.
On 24 February 2012, Donald Cook was awarded the 2011 Battle Efficiency "E" award.
``On 8 April 2014, U.S. military officials confirmed the deployment of Donald Cook to the Black Sea as part of the latest U.S. military effort to demonstrate support for Eastern European allies concerned about Russia's troop buildup along its border with Ukraine. On 12 April 2014, the USS Donald Cook was "buzzed", 12 times by a Russian Su-24 bomber jet. According to U.S. military officials the crew aboard the Donald Cook made several attempts to radio the Russian warplane asking the pilot what his intentions were and sending warnings to remain at a safe distance, but the Russian pilot did not respond. Russia claims that the SU-24, carrying upgraded Electronic Warfare equipment, was able to jam the Aegis System, but this claim could not be independently verified. 
On 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that Donald Cook would be upgraded during fiscal 2012 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.
- Sanders, Michael S. (1999). The Yard: Building a Destroyer at the Bath Iron Works. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-019246-1. (Describes the construction of Cook at Bath Iron Works.)
-  Command History Report 2003 from Commander USS Donald Cook to Director of Naval History, Department of the Navy.
- "Navy Names Forward Deployed Ships to Rota, Spain", United States Navy, 16 February 2012.
- "Naval Surface Forces Announces 2011 Battle E Awardees", United States Navy, 1 March 2012.
- "MDA announces next 6 BMD ships", Navy Times, 12 November 2009.
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