Welcome Aboard

Checking In?

Call the USS Donald Cook Quarterdeck at (757)444-1409 (24 hours a day when in-port). The Officer of the Deck (OOD) will provide you with information regarding pier and berth location and other information if you are new to the area.

If you call the ship and are unable to get through (busy or no answer) the ship is more than likely at sea. If that is the case, please call the Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) Quarterdeck for directions and guidance as to proper check-in procedures. They can be reached 24 hours a day by calling (757)444-1640 or DSN 564-1640. Directions for the TPU can be obtained at any gate upon arrival.

If you are arriving at Norfolk International Airport, you should visit the USO. They are located on the second floor of the Arrivals terminal and are open everyday from 0800-2300. The USO may have transportation available or call the TPU and a vehicle will be sent to pick you up.

You will need to report aboard in the service dress uniform of the day for the season and have your service, medical and dental records. Leave and liberty are at the discretion of your Department Head and LCPO, so be sure to check in with them to help you get settled.

Looking for, or need a Sponsor?

If you have orders to the USS Donald Cook and need a sponsor, please send an email to the:

Sponsor Coordinator at:

Include the following information in your email:

  • DO NOT include your SSN in any correspondence
  • Today's Date
  • Name
  • Rate and Rank
  • Current duty station and UIC (Unit Identification Code)
  • PRD (Projected Rotation Date)
  • EAOS (End of Active Obligated Service)
  • All current NECs (Navy Enlisted Classifications)
  • Warfare designators (SW/AW/FMF/SS/etc)
  • Email addresses (current military and personal)
  • Phone numbers (current duty station and home/mobile/cell)
  • Dependent status. If you have dependents, this will aid in assigning an appropriate sponsor.
  • A brief description of what you have been doing in your Navy career and what you hope to accomplish here on the Donald Cook.

If you don't already have a sponsor -- the CMC will ensure you are assigned one. Once you have a sponsor, make contact with him or her often to advise them of what your travel plans are, and about any difficulties you may be having. Your sponsor can make special arrangements for you if necessary -- but communicating with your sponsor is the key. Make sure you pass along your flight arrangements, and notify your sponsor of any changes.

Report to your New Command

Report in the uniform of the day to USS Donald Cook at Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia. The specific pier where the ship will be moored may change each time the ship pulls in from an underway period, so it is important to keep in close contact with your sponsor. If you happen to arrive when the ship is underway, report to the Transient Personnel Unit (TPU), 1683 Gilbert Street, Naval Station Norfolk.You can save time and frustration by keeping the ship and your assigned sponsor informed of your travel arrangements. We want your transition to Donald Cook to be as smooth as possible.


Norfolk has numerous methods of transportation from the airport. The most convenient is a Navy shuttle van provided by contacting the Military Information Booth located on the second level in the Norfolk International Airport. You will find a Navy representative on duty in the booth to assist you from 7:30 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Uniformed military personnel have information about all bases in the Hampton Roads area, transportation, duty office telephone numbers and emergency assistance numbers. They can also direct you to an airport limo service if desired which will bring you to PSD on the Naval Base for $12.00. If you drive, regardless of direction, you will approach Norfolk on Interstate 64. Follow the signs to Norfolk Naval Base on Interstate 564. Interstate 564 will turn into Taussig Boulevard as you approach the base. Turn right at the third light into Gate 2. Once inside the gate, take a left at the first light and follow it down to the piers.


There is ample public transportation in the Tidewater area. Bus and taxi service is usually available around the points of interest on the naval base including the piers, Exchange, PSD, barracks, and clubs. Virginia’s drunk driving laws are tough. Do not risk your life, someone else’s life, or your career. IF YOU DRINK DON’T DRIVE.


Naval Station Norfolk recognizes all DOD decals. You are required to obtain a Naval Station, Norfolk decal while assigned to USS Donald Cook. Decals can be obtained from the Pass and Tag Office across from Gate 5 on Hampton Blvd.