Welcome Aboard

Congratulations on receiving orders to the USS DONALD COOK, the Navy’s finest Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer. You will be joining a team of dedicated professional who take tremendous pride in their ship. Below you will find important information that will assist you and your family with executing your orders.

Sponsor Information

Please notify the sponsor coordinator at with an address that your welcome aboard package can be mailed to in the event you transfer within 30 days or will be in a leave status. Our Command Master Chief is also available to assist you at If you are married and your spouse has any question, have your spouse contact DONALD COOK’s Ombudsman, via commercial +34-638-291-792 or email Please keep in contact with your sponsor for any assistance you may require during your transition to Rota, Spain and provide him/her with all pertinent information that will make your transfer smooth: Dependents’ information, Number of pets, Date of travel, Copy of your port call, etc.

Overseas Screenings

All active duty members must be screened for overseas sea duty prior to transfer. Dependents must also be screened at a military treatment facility by a qualified physician (not an IDC). Hand carry the medical screening paperwork with you to Rota Hospital Patient Admin for check in upon arrival. Be advised that the final approval for dependents overseas screening is Naval Hospital Rota, Spain. It is imperative to start the screening process early. If enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), please notify us as soon as possible.


If you are new or relocating to the Rota, Spain area, you should communicate with Housing Service Center Rota at +34-123-258-258. Families are required to obtain temporary accommodations upon arrival. Temporary accommodations are available at the Navy Lodge, Gateway Inns and Suites or approved commercial facilities. Rota’s Housing Service Center has a limited number of units reserved for temporary lodging for families. These units are ideal for families with pets. They are conveniently located on base, and occupancy is permitted beyond the 30 days. Applying for on-base family housing may be submitted the House Service Center (HSC) or prior to arrival using the Housing Early Application Tools (HEAT) application, which can be found at HEAT allows the HSC to place the service member on the waiting list. HEAT does not give priority on the waiting list. If an application is submitted within 30 days of arriving, the member’s effective date on the waiting list is the date of detachment form the last permanent duty station. Applicants need to be confirmed upon arrival.

Pay Matters

Save your money! All pays, allowances, and reimbursements are going to take time to process. You will need money to cover basic needs while waiting for all of these pays to process. In addition, if moving off base and out in town, you will need advance rent and deposit to sign a lease.

ID Cards

Be advised. Make sure you and all dependent military ID cards are current, if close to expiration, get new ones.

Tourist Passports

It is strongly recommended that active duty members apply obtain a tourist passport prior to their arrival in Rota if they don’t already have one. International travel (even on duty status) can be challenging, if not impossible, without a passport.

Upon Arrival

Upon your arrival, please report directly to the USS DONALD COOK Quarterdeck. If the ship is underway upon your arrival to the area, check in with DESRON 60 at DSN 727-2818 or commercial +34-956-82-2818.

For check-in to PSD and Security, please bring the following paperwork:

  • Medical overseas screening.
  • OPNAV N130 (or N451) letter authorizing sponsor to move family to Rota in advance of their permanent change of station (if applicable).
  • Power of Attorney (only if activity duty sponsor will not be present).
  • PCS Orders.
  • Military and dependents ID cards.
  • U.S. driver’s licenses.
  • No fee passports (for all dependents).
  • Page 13 (base Admin in Bldg 1 will generate this, then bring it to all other offices for check-in).

If you are bringing a vehicle to Spain, please bring the following:

  • Valid U.S. registration.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Valid vehicle insurance card (green card – Note: USAA can issue overseas insurance for Spain, other companies also).
  • Valid U.S. license plates on the vehicle.
  • Power of Attorney (if active duty sponsor will not be present).
  • Sponsor needs to be present to attain a Spanish car registration and receive permanent European Union license plate. Care must be available for pickup immediately if this is desire, so if you want to do this, ship your car soon so it makes it to Europe by the time you arrive in Rota. Without this permanent registration, dependents with valid state driver’s license will be given a waiver to drive for 45 days, however, valid U.S. plates are required on the vehicles.
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