Several prominent figures were on hand to greet the ship, including Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, U.S. Ambassador James Costos, AVEUR-AF commanding officer Adm. Bruce W. Clingan, and Adm. Santiago Bolíbar Piñeiro, Commander of the Spanish Navy.
Three additional Arleigh Burke-class guided missile U.S. Navy destroyers — all of which carry the Aegis Weapon System (AWS) — will join the USS Donald Cook in Spain over a two-year period. The four ships will be stationed at Naval Station Rota Spain, which is north of Gibraltar.
As Stars and Stripes points out, other parts of Europe’s missile defense shield will include land-based Aegis interceptor batteries in Romania and Poland, radar in Turkey and a command center at the U.S. Air Force base in Rammstein, Germany.