USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) is in the Black Sea to conduct routine maritime security operations that support regional stability.
“Operating in the Black Sea signifies our commitment to partners and allies in the region. It is an important diplomatic mission, and Donald Cook has enjoyed the hospitality of Black Sea countries many times before”, - said Cmdr. Kelley Jones, commanding officer of Donald Cook.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea to work with our NATO Allies and partners, including Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine. It is in the world’s best interest to maintain a stable, prosperous Black Sea region and deter aggressive actors who seek destabilization for their own gain.