DDG 75 | USS DONALD COOK
Colonel Donald G. Cook, USMC
May 3, 1997 Ship Launch
July 11, 1997 Ship Tow to Portland for Sonar Dome
August 16, 1997 Ship Tow back to BIW after Dome install
January 9, 1998 AEGIS Light Off (ALO)
April 4, 1998 Maine Engine Light Off (MELO)
June 29, 1998 Combined A/B Shipyard Trials
July 14, 1998 Navy Acceptance Trials Charlie
August 1998 Receipt of Homeport Certificate
August 21, 1998 Ships Custody Transfer (SCT) / This commences ship move aboard
November 16, 1998 Sailaway (from BIW)
December 4, 1998 Commissioning in Philadelphia, Pa.
August 20, 1999 Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) in Portland, Maine
June 2000 Departed on its maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf as part of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) Battle Group.
October 2000 Provided support for sister ship COLE (DDG 67) after she was attacked by terrorists in Aden, Yemen.
December 2000 Returned to Norfolk, Va.
December 5, 2002 Left Norfolk, Va. on its second deployment. Assigned to the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) Battle Group USS COOK operated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Shield: Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally
used by the US Navy; red is emblematic of valor and sacrifice. The
reversed star denotes the Medal of Honor, our country's highest honor,
posthumously awarded to Colonel Donald G. Cook for his spirit of
sacrifice and extraordinary heroism. The gauntlet grasps a broken chain
underscoring Colonel cook's internment as a prisoner of war by the Viet
Cong during which he unselfishly put the interests of his comrades
before that of his own well-being and, eventually, his life. The swords
are crossed to signify the spirit of teamwork while symbolizing the
heritage of the US Navy and Marine Corps. The Mameluke represents
Colonel Cook's service as a Marine.