USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy named for Medal of Honor recipient Donald Cook, a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. This ship is the 25th destroyer of her class and the 14th of the class to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Construction began on 9 July 1996, she was launched and christened on 3 May 1997, and on 4 December 1998 she was commissioned at Penn’s Landing Pier in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In February 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Donald Cook will be one of four ships to be homeported at Naval Station Rota, Spain. It was announced in January 2014 that the ship would arrive there in mid-February 2014. In Rota she forms part of Destroyer Squadron 60.
On 23 February 2020, the ship entered the Black Sea, marking the seventh time a U.S. ship had entered the sea in 2020. While in the Black Sea, the ship will conduct routine maritime security operations. USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) departed Naval Station Norfolk on 26 March, to replace Donald Cook as one of the forward destroyers located Rota, Spain. Donald Cook‘s new homeport will be Naval Station Mayport.
The obverse features the ship crest, the eagle is symbolic to the principles of freedom which our country was founded, highlighting military vigilance and national defense and the ship’s seal, along with her motto, “Faith Without Fear” on the ribbon below. The trident represents sea power and her AEGIS firepower which brings the capability of conducting operations in multi threat environments. The reverse features the ship and Spain’s country flag.
Minted in bronze, and highlighted by bold enamel, this challenge coin honors the crew of the USS Donald Cook DDG-75.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) round in diameter.”
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