“The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odesa, Ukraine, Feb. 27, 2019, after completing a scheduled port visit as part of our continued Black Sea presence and support to our NATO allies and regional partners,” the message reads.
The destroyer is supposed to leave the Black Sea on March 1 as planned. Then, it will continue its 8th cruise as part of the 6th U.S. Navy.
"Donald Cook's port visit to Odesa served as the third opportunity for our ship to engage with our Black Sea allies and partners in 2019," Donald Cook Commanding Officer Cmdr. Matthew Powel said.
U.S. Navy's missile destroyer Donald Cook arrived at the port of Odesa and moored at the 16th pier near the Sea Port.
The destroyer was a part of the “Atlantic determination” mission. The mission’s aim was to strengthen coordination between the NATO partners and to maintain security in the region.
Besides, it was monitored by the forces of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.