Thursday, October 6, 2011

US To Station Aegis Cruisers In Spain As Part Of The Missile Defense Plan

In March 2011 USS Monterey (CG 61) deployed for a six-month independent deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. On this voyage, the AEGIS cruiser provided the first ballistic missile defense under the European Phased Adaptive Approach. The cruiser is seen here on one of its Mediterranean port visits in Greece, in May 2011. Photo: U.S. Navy

US Will Station Aegis Cruisers In Spain As Part Of The Missile Defense Plan For Europe -- Washington Post/AP

BRUSSELS — The Obama administration and the Spanish government have agreed to base Aegis Cruisers on Spain’s coast, as part of the anti-ballistic missile defense system to protect Europe against a potential Iranian nuclear threat, officials said Wednesday.

The plan will make it easier to maintain a continuous naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea, and also provide security in the eastern Atlantic.

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, announces a new strategic initiative with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, center, and Spanish President Jose Zapatero, involving the basing of U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers at Rota, Spain, during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Oct. 5, 2011. DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey

More News On Aegis Cruisers To Be Stationed In Spain For European Missile Defense

Spain to host U.S. missile defense ships -- Reuters
Navy to forward deploy BMD ships in Spain -- DoD Buzz
Spain Will Port U.S. Ships to Support NATO Missile Defense -- US Department of Defense
Spain To Host U.S. Ships for NATO Missile Defense -- Defense News
U.S. to Base Aegis Antimissile Ships Out of Spain -- Global Security Newswire
American AEGIS Ships To Base In Spain For Missile Defense -- RTT News
Spain to host elements of NATO anti-missile shield -- FOX News/EFE
Four U.S. Navy ships to be stationed at Rota as part of missile defense system -- Stars and Stripes
Spain to host US missile defence ships -- Euronews
Spain will host U.S. ships for missile defense -- CBS/AP
Supporting Europe’s Missile defense Initiative, U.S. Navy to Position Four AEGIS ships in Rota, Spain -- Defense Update

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