USS Donald Cook

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USS Donald Cook
Name: USS Donald Cook
Namesake: 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 2015
General characteristics
Class and 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)
Complement: 33 Officers
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Armament: 1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launching systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles

2 x Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launcher SSM
1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm)
2 × 25 mm chain gun
4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS

2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked
Motto: Faith Without Fear

USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy.

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.[1]

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 at Naval Station Rota, Spain.[2]

On 24 February 2012, Donald Cook was awarded the 2011 Battle Efficiency "E" award.[3]


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.[4]

On 12 April 2014, state run Voice of Russia claimed that USS Donald Cook was "buzzed", 12 times by a Russian Su-24 attack jet.[5] According to the report U.S. military officials said the crew aboard 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.[6] Retired US Navy officer, Defense analyst Christopher Hammer described the event as the "standard harassment package" and "about as tame a flyby as you can get."[7]

On 14 April 2014, Donald Cook visited Constanta, Romania. The President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, toured the ship during the visit. Donald Cook then conducted various exercises in concert with the Romanian Navy before departing the Black Sea on 24 April, 2014.[8]

On 26 December 2014, for the second time, according to the US Navy, the destroyer entered the Black Sea in order to reassure and demonstrate US commitment to work closely with NATO allies.[9] Donald Cook participated in exercises with the Turkish Navy including an underway replenishment and other exercises with Yavuz-class frigate TCG Fatih (F-242) on 28 December 2014. The ship visited Constanta, Romania on 30 December and Varna, Bulgaria on 8 January 2015. Donald Cook participated in exercises with Ukrainian Navy ship UKRS Hetman Sahaidachny (U130) 11 January 2015. Donald Cook departed the Black Sea 14 January 2015.[10]


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.[11]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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 Donald Cook at Bath Iron Works.)


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