The first American guided missile destroyers for use in the U.S. missile defense system in Europe will be deployed to Naval Station Rota, Spain, during the fiscal year 2014, announced the Navy Times magazine, referring U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus.
United States, fiscal year covers the period 1 October to 30 September the following year.
According to the magazine, the destroyers USS Ross and USS Donald Cook equipped with Aegis combat systems will leave the base for Norfolk set sail on Rota during the fiscal year 2014 (calendar years 2014-2015). In turn, the destroyer USS Porter, currently based in Norfolk, and the cruiser USS Carney, wetting stranded Mayport, will sail for Spain in fiscal 2015 (year 2015-2016).
Spokespersons of the Navy had previously said that U.S. personnel installed in the base of Rota in the deployment of elements of the missile shield in Europe would include nearly 1,300 military and civilian officials, and about 2,100 members of their families.
The system strategic U.S. missile defense in Europe will form the basis of the ability of ballistic missile defense (BMD) of NATO. The Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in October 2011 that this capacity would be fully operational by 2018.
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