Basescu visits US destroyer USS Donald Cook


President Traian Basescu stated yesterday, after visiting the USS Donald Cook, the US destroyer that is conducting a four-day port visit in Constanta, that this ship is impressive from the point of view of military capabilities and that it represents a symbol at the same time, the Head of State referring to US Army officer Donald Cook who lost his life in the POW camps in Vietnam and who encouraged his subordinates throughout the period in which he was a prisoner. Basescu stated that the US destroyer has exceptional military capabilities, being able to hit air and naval targets, ballistic missiles, and underwater targets if need be or if attacked by submarines. “I thank our allies for their presence in the Black Sea and for their participation in joint military exercises with the Romanian soldiers,” the President said. He announced that after the USS Donald Cook departs a US Navy frigate will enter the Black Sea to replace it, thus creating a continuous presence in the area and hiking the level of interoperability between the Romanian and the American navies.

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