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‘</b>Fearless Warriors’ Re-enlist at Sea

Fearless Warriors’ Re-enlist at Sea

By Journalist 2nd Class (SW) Mark A. Catalano, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs.

Aboard USS Donald Cook -- (NNS) -- During the span of Jan. 31 through Feb. 1, a total of eight USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) Sailors re-enlisted while on deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Security Operations in the North Persian Gulf.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) performs plane guard duties for Nimitz-class USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations.

Persian Gulf (Jan. 31, 2006) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) performs plane guard duties for Nimitz-class USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are currently underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Nathan.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Nathan

"This is a great thrill for me,” said Donald Cook Commanding Officer, Cmdr. John Esposito. “I keep a list of all the Sailors I’ve re-enlisted throughout my career. These are very special occasions. It’s about honor, courage and commitment to one’s country.”

“This is a great opportunity, and I’ve had a great time on board the Cook,” said Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Aaron Bolton, who re-enlisted for four years. “I did my sea duty, and now I’m going to take my shore duty.”

As the re-enlisting officer, Esposito first formally discharged the Sailors before proceeding with the re-enlistment, which is Navy tradition.

“The great thing about doing this at sea is the fact that the re-enlisting Sailors can’t jump over the side and make a run for it,” Esposito joked with those in attendance.

The fact that these Sailors chose to re-enlist on the back-side of a six-month deployment speaks volumes about the leadership on board Donald Cook and its Sailors’ experiences at sea.

“Staying Navy is the best thing for me and my family,” said Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) 3rd Class (SW) Arthur White, who re-enlisted for two years. “There comes a point in time where you have to consider all your options and make the best decision.”

The guided missile destroyer’s crew works daily in support of coalition ground forces while preserving the free and secure use of international waters by legitimate mariners, keeping alive the tradition and patriotism of their ship’s namesake, Marine Corps Col. Donald Cook, a Vietnam prisoner of war who died in captivity and epitomized the ship’s motto, “Faith Without Fear.”

In addition to Esposito, Donald Cook’s Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Dennis Velez, Command Master Chief (SW/SS/AW) Rodney M. Franklin, and the re-enlisting Sailors’ chains of command, were all in attendance, showing support for their Sailors during what’s considered a monumental time in their careers.

“I’m glad to see they’re staying Navy,” Franklin said. “It’s good for all of them. These are all really good, quality Sailors, and I’m delighted to see they’re committed to serving their country. We know the future of the Navy is in good hands when Sailors such as these decide to make the Navy a career.”

Donald Cook and the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the North Persian Gulf is support of maritime security operations (MSO). MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).