In fact, the Cook is a very special kind of guided missile destroyer. It's the first of four of America's "DDGs" to be outfitted with a new version of the Aegis anti-aircraft defense system, specially designed to shoot down ballistic missiles.
And it represents the vanguard of America's new Europe-based Ballistic Missile Defense -- a $22 billion, decades-long project to defend against missile strikes from a nuclear-armed Iran.
Based out of Rota, these four vessels will run rotating patrol assignments -- two ships on patrol, two in port
Combined with a pair of on-land anti-ballistic missile defense sites to be built in Romania and Poland, Cook will constitute a permanent presence in Europe, guaranteeing the continent's safety against missile strikes by rogue regimes.
America's Fleet of Missile-Destroying Warships Has Set Sail for Europe, and It's Making Russia Nervous
Great article, Iran is spending a lot of money for it's "imperial fleet" for no strategic reason. Based off the coast of Spain.
* posted with thanks to another site for the great knowledge of weapon systems*
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
Well the Canadian Navy at least picked a good weapon to arm their fleet with.
I remember some years ago when "Guns and Ammo" ran an article, what was the best infantry rifle ever produced ?
It wasn't the AK-47 or M-16 and not even the M-1 Garand.
It came down to the finish line all three nose to nose, the 8 MM Kar M-98 Mauser, 303 Enfield and the 30-06 03 Springfield.
The final decision was, the M-98 Mauser was a damn good hunting rifle.
The 03 Springfield was probably the best target rifle ever produced.
But the 303 Enfield was a true combat infantry rifle and won.