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USS DONALD COOK (DDG-75)


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CLASS - BURKE Flight II As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 504' 7" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/54 RF, 2 Phalanx 20mm Guns, 90 VLS Cells,
8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME on July 7 1996.
Launched May 3 1997.
Commissioned December 4 1998.
Active unit of the US Navy.
Homeported at Norfolk, VA.

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Cook 51kBath Iron Works' fifteenth ARLEIGH BURKE Class Destroyer is named in honor of Marine Corps Vietnam War hero, Colonel Donald G. Cook. Col. Cook was awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for his extraordinary courage while a prisoner of war. Col. (then Captain) Cook volunteered for a temporary 30 day tour in Vietnam as an observer from Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Accompanying elements of the 4th Vietnamese Marines, Col. Cook was wounded and captured by a vastly superior Viet Cong force on New Year's Eve 1964 near Binh Gia, Phouc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, while on a search and recovery mission for a downed American helicopter crew.Bill Gonyo
Cook 49kArtist's conception of the Cook as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Cook 73kThe launching ceremony phamphlet.Chester O. Morris
Cook 151kScenes from the launching, May 3, 1997.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 141kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 120kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 56kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 131kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 115kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 134kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 157kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 187kAs above.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 165kDonald Cook (DDG-75) making a high speed turn to port on July 15 1998, probably during builder's sea trials. Photograph by Bath Iron Works. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106851-KN.Robert Hurst
Cook 40kCover of the Commissioning pamphlet.© Richard Leonhardt
Cook 168kCover of the Commissioning pamphlet.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 21kSummer 1999 arriving in Halifax for a port visitPeter Wilson
Cook 90kBoston, August 28 1999.Marc Piché
Cook 34kNorfolk February 27 2000.Marc Piché
Cook 68kUSS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) and USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) at Brest, France, February 27 2002. Notice the differences between Flight IIa and Flight II types.Marc Piché
Cook 59kBrest, France, Feb.27, 2002.Marc Piché
Cook 39kNorfolk March 3 2000.Marc Piché
Cook 116kThe guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook DDG-75 underway in the Mediterranean sea December 19 2002 The Donald Cook is part of the USS Harry S.Truman (CVN-75) Battle Group currently on a six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.Steven A. Cardali
Cook 95kAs above.Steven A. Cardali
Cook 83kUSS Donald Cook DDG-75 on her first visit to Valletta Port, Malta on December 30 2002. The Cook is being handled by local tugs on her way for urgent repairs at Malta Drydocks.Anthony Vella of Senglea, Malta
Cook 77k Mediterranean Sea, Jan 13 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) underway conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of a scheduled six month deployment order. U.S. Navy photo Fred Weiss
Cook 113kThe Guided Missile Destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) underway conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The USS Donald Cook is part of the USS Harry S.Truman Battle Group, January 14, 2003.Steven A. Cardali
Cook 78kMediterranean Sea, Jan 17 2003, an SA-330 Puma helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP). The guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) follows close behind. U.S. Navy photo.Fred Weiss
Cook 76kThe Red Sea March 19 2003, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) launches one of its Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) at military targets in Iraq.Fred Weiss
Cook 119k030319-N-6141B-002. The Red Sea, March 19 2003, U.S. Navy Ensign Patrick Tamakloe from Gaithesburg, Md., and Lt.j.g. Jonathan Keffer from Wilmington, N.C., record and establish contact with a nearby merchant vessel aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). The Donald Cook is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer deployed and on station in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau.Bill Gonyo
Cook 72kCentral Command Area of Operation March 21 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) underway. Donald Cook was the first surface combatant to fire Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) in the liberation of Iraq. Donald Cook is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Fred Weiss
Cook 109kCentral Command Area of Operation March 21 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) underway. Donald Cook was the first surface combatant to fire Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) in the liberation of Iraq. Donald Cook is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Fred Weiss
Cook 192k030406-N-6141B-006. Central Command Area of Responsibility, April 6 2003, Deck Department personnel from the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) receive stores via a replenishment at sea (RAS). Donald Cook is one of many warships supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Central Command's area of responsibility. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau.Bill Gonyo
Cook 127k030409-N-6141B-003 Central Command Area of Responsibility, April 9 2003, Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Christian Videtto performs preventive maintenance corrosion control on one of the 50 cal. machine guns mounted on the bow of the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook's (DDG 75). The 50 cal. machine guns are used to defend the ship against small surface contacts. Donald Cook is deployed conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau.Bill Gonyo
Cook 122k030420-N-6141B-009. Central Command Area of Responsibility, April 20 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) conducts a high-speed maneuver after an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196). Donald Cook is one of the many warships in the Central Command's area of responsibility, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Mate Alan J. Baribeau.Bill Gonyo
Cook 200k030423-N-6141B-001. Central Command Area of Responsibility, April 23 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) crewmembers conduct a Pre-Action Calibration fire from the ship's forward 5" Mk 54 gun while conducting underway operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau.Bill Gonyo
Cook 200k030427-N-6141B-004. At sea aboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), April 27 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) receive stores and fuel via a connected replenishment. Donald Cook is one of the many warships supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau. Bill Gonyo
Cook 118k030423-N-6141B-004. Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) crewmembers fire a recoverable exercise torpedo towards an expendable mobile anti-surface warfare target. Donald Cook is deployed conducting underway operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. (All Hands magazine photo by: by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau, January 2004, pg. 55.)Bill Gonyo
Cook 118kAtlantic Ocean, July 15 2005, the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group conducts a close quarters exercise while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. From left, USS San Jacinto (CG-56), USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79), and the Spanish AEGIS guided missile frigate Álvaro de Bazán (F-101). The strike group was conducting a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Eben Boothby (# 050715-N-8163B-028).USN
Cook 108k051203-N-7241L-002. Persian Gulf, December 3 2005, the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) escorts the Spanish Navy frigate Alvaro de Bazan (F101) during a ceremony honoring Alvaro de Bazan's departure from Carrier Strike Group Two (CSG-2). CSG-2 is currently underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 148k051211-N-0000L-001. Persian Gulf, December 11 2005, Gas Turbine System Technician 2nd Class Leslie V. Cachero stands watch at the Propulsion Auxiliary Control Console aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). Donald Cook is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Operations Specialist Morris Lowery, Jr.Bill Gonyo
Cook 125kThe guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) steams behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the Persian Gulf on January 31 2006. The Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is conducting maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf. DoD photo by Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird, U.S. Navy, ID# 060131-N-7241L-004.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 90kA bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) undergoing overhaul in the floating dry dock on the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Virginia on June 21, 2006. Photo by Diana.Bill Gonyo
Cook 100kNorfolk, VA, September 12 2006, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as she sits moored pier side in Naval Station Norfolk. Copyright by terms of Creative Commons. Photo provided by T.M. Wolf.Bill Gonyo
Cook 130k070303-N-5459S-007. Atlantic Ocean, March 3 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) receives fuel during replenishment at sea with the British Royal Navy fast fleet tanker RFA Wave Ruler (A 390). The Donald Cook and Wave Ruler are conducting training exercises with Standing NATO Maritime Group One. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Vincent J. Street.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 95kNorfolk, VA April 20 2007.Wendell McLaughlin
Cook 98k070621-N-0780F-001. Souda Bay, Crete, June 21 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) approaches Souda harbor for a scheduled port call. The Norfolk-based destroyer departed homeport in mid-May for a scheduled deployment. Donald Cook is operating in support of the U.S. 6th Fleet's Theater Security Cooperation strategy designed to enhance interoperability with countries throughout the region. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 165k070621-N-0780F-002. Souda Bay, Crete, June 21 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrives in Souda harbor, for a scheduled port call. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 202k080407-N-0727M-002. Atlantic Ocean, April 7 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) underway during Joint Warrior 08-1. The multinational joint exercise improves interoperability between allied navies to prepare them for combined operations and upcoming deployments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Troy D. Miller.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 120kThe USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) passes through the Firth of Clyde Channel during Joint Warrior 081 in the Atlantic Ocean, April 21, 2008. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Troy D. Miller, 080421-N-0727M-007.Bill Gonyo
Cook 138k080428-N-2953W-009. April 28 2008, sailors, members of a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, return to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) in a rigid-hull inflatable boat following a VBSS exercise conducted with the British Royal Navy, at sea in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adrian T. White.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 212k100218-N-434B-048. Norfolk, February 18 2010, family and friends watch, as the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after a seven-month deployment. Donald Cook was deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, where it supported theater security cooperation by participating in regional exercises with allies. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Scott B. Boyle.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 213k100218-N-4345B-060. Norfolk, February 18 2010, sailors man the rail as the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returns to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after a seven-month deployment. Donald Cook was deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting theater security cooperation by participating in regional exercises with allies. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Scott B. Boyle.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 223k100218-N-4345B-072. Norfolk, February 18 2010, sailors are seen manning the rails from pierside, as the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) moors at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., following a seven-month deployment. The ship deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of theater security cooperation by participating in regional exercises with allies. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Scott B. Boyle.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 133kChesapeake Bay, May 23 2010 off of the Naval Academy, the Donald Cook at anchor.Bill Coale
Cook 262k140113-N-QM905-019. Norfolk, January 13 2014, the tugboat Patricia Moran assists the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as she gets underway. Donald Cook is underway in preparation for a homeport shift to Rota, Spain. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Shelby Tucker.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 212k140131-N-QM905-187. Norfolk, January 31 2014, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) handle a line in preparation for departure. Donald Cook is underway enroute to Rota, Spain, as the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota, Spain. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Shelby Tucker.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 139k140205-N-KE519-308. Atlantic Ocean, February 5 2014, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires its forward-mounted Mk 45 5-inch gun during a live-fire exercise. Donald Cook is underway en route to Rota, Spain, as the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 200k140205-N-KE519-442. Atlantic Ocean, February 5 2014, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires its Mk. 38 25mm machine gun system during a live-fire exercise. Donald Cook is underway en route to Rota, Spain, as the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 127k140205-N-UE577-529. Atlantic Ocean, February 5 2014, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires its close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. Donald Cook is underway en route to Rota, Spain, as the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 184k140207-N-UE577-029. Atlantic Ocean, February 7 2014, Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) prepares to moor at Funchal, Portugal for a routine refueling on her way to Rota, Spain. Donald Cook is underway en route to Rota, as the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in Rota. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 164k140326-N-KE519-002. Mediterranean Sea, March 26 2014, Cmdr. Charles Hampton, executive officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), mans the bridge during exercise Noble Dina. Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the president's phased adaptive approach to European ballistic missile defense. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.Robert M. Cieri
Cook 236k140331-N-KE519-009. Mediterranean Sea, March 31 2014, Seaman Maurice Walls steers the ship while standing the helmsman watch aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), in support of exercise Noble Dina, an annual multi-national training exercise conducted with the Hellenic and Israeli navies. Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the president's phased adaptive approach to European ballistic missile defense. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.Ron Reeves
Cook 217k140414-N-KE519-048. Constanta, Romania, April 14 2014, sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) salute Romanian President Traian Basescu during his visit to the ship. Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the president's European phased adaptive approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.Ron Reeves
Cook 206k140421-N-KE519-007. Black Sea, April 20 2014, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) transits the Black Sea. Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the president's European phased adaptive approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.Ron Reeves
Cook 151k140427-N-KE519-015. Haifa, Israel, April 27 2014, the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) approaches Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit. Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the president's European phased adaptive approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III.Ron Reeves
Cook 67kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS DONALD COOK DDG-75 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR James Francis McCarthy Jr.    Dec 4 1998 - Feb 4 2000
CDR Matthew Michael Sharpe    Feb 4 2000 - Jun 22 2001
CDR John Joseph Costello    Jun 22 2001 - May 30 2003
CDR Mark Thomas Sedlacek    May 30 2003 - Nov 30 2004
CDR Philip Daniel Ramirez    Nov 30 2004 - Jan 5 2006
CDR Charles Preston Good    Jan 5 2006 - Jan 14 2006
CDR John Michael Esposito    Jan 14 2006 - Jul 2 2007
CDR William James Parker III    Jul 2 2007 - Dec 12 2008
CDR Derek Brian Granger    Dec 12 2008 - Jun 18 2010
CDR Jerris Lee Bennett    Jun 18 2010 - Oct 22 2011
CDR James Robert Kenny    Oct 22 2011 - May 10 2013
CDR Scott Anthony Jones    May 10 2013 - Oct 17 2014
CDR Charles Edward Hampton    Oct 17 2014 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Cook Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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