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US destroyer makes two-day visit to the Faroe Islands

The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, USS Donald Cook (DDG 75)  last month reached the Faroe Islands (Runavík) on a two-day visit.

This was the first U.S. Navy visit to the Faroe Islands in 33 years.

According to navy.mil, the scheduled port visit to the Faroe Islands created an opportunity to enhance U.S. relations in the area.

Navy.mil emphasizes that “the ship’s presence in the North Atlantic demonstrates the United States’ commitment to regional security and stability.”

“Our visit to the Faroe Islands was exceptional!” said Cmdr. Kelley T. Jones, commanding officer of the ship. “It was wonderful to meet Mr. Stuart A. Dwyer, the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Denmark, Faroese Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen, and many other members of the Faroe Islands community. With our visit we hoped to enhance our relations, and I would say that we accomplished that mission.”

During the port visit, Sailors went on tours and engaged with the local community. Donald Cook hosted a reception Oct. 11 to celebrate the return of a U.S. naval vessel to the Faroe Islands.


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