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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Klaipeda for a scheduled port visit, April 14th.

Such port visits serve to enhance U.S.-Lithuanian relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous region.

Quotes:   “This will be an excellent opportunity to strengthen relations and enhance maritime interoperability and improve NATO’s security.”

-Cmdr. Matthew Powel, Executive Officer USS Donald Cook

 Quick Facts:

Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Klaipeda demonstrates the shared commitment we have to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability with partners like Lithuania.

Press conference with local media will occur with Sailors aboard Donald Cook.

Cmdr. Charles Hampton, commanding officer of USS Donald Cook will conduct office calls with the Vice Mayor of Klaipeda, and the Lithuanian Chief of Naval Operations.

Donald Cook will host a luncheon for distinguished visitors including the Mayor of Klaipeda.

Sailors will be present at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground equipment at Rytas Orphanage.

Sailors from the Donald Cook will play against Lithuanian sailors in a basketball game.  Donald Cook is currently on a forward-deployed patrol, working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve our maritime forces, maintain regional security, and work towards mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe. USS Donald Cook, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota March 16, 2016.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

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