U.S. Navy's missile destroyer Donald Cook arrived at the port of Odesa and moored at the 16th pier near the Sea Port, as Dumska reports.
According to the report, the destroyer will stay in Odessa till February 27.
According to the report of the 6th Command of the U.S. Navy, Donald Cook entered the Black Sea on February 19, and all that time was in the open sea.
The destroyer is a part of the “Atlantic determination” mission. The mission’s aim is to strengthen coordination between the NATO partners and to maintain security in the region, according to the report.
Donald Cook has already participated in maneuvers with the naval frigate of the Republic of Turkey. Similar training is planned with the Navy of Armed Forces of Ukraine.
It should be noted that DDG-75 appeared in the Black Sea for the first time in July 2007. Then the ship entered Odesa. The last time the ship entered Odesa was on September 2015 in order to participate in Ukrainian-American Sea Breeze exercise 2015.
USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is an early destroyer class “Arleigh Burke”. The ship was launched for the first time in August 1998. Length - 154 m, width - 20 m, depth - 9 m. The total displacement is about 9000 tons. Speed - 32 knots.
Donald Cook has launched for Tomahawk, Asrock and Standard-2 missiles, as well as anti-ship Harpoon missiles. The ship can carry a variety of artillery and antiaircraft weapons.