Navy Establishes New Base in Romania
Navy Establishes New Base in
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class (SW/AW) Luke B. Meineke, Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa,
Southwest Asia Public Affairs.
Deveselu, Romania – (NNS)
– October 10, 2014 – Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA)
established Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu Friday, Oct. 10, during an
establishment and assumption of command ceremony on base.
Parading the colors at Naval Support
NSF Deveselu, formerly a disused Romanian airfield, is the
first Navy base to be established since Naval Station (NS) Everett in
Washington, whose official groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 9, 1987.
The installation, scheduled to be operational in 2015, will
be part of a NATO's overall ballistic missile defense (BMD) system.
Rear Adm. John Scorby, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa,
Southwest Asia, hosted the ceremony.
"This is a historic occasion because ballistic missile
threats to the U.S. and our allies are real and growing," Scorby said. "Fortunately,
NATO's capabilities and defenses against these threats are also real and growing."
Originally proposed in 2000 by then President George W. Bush,
this BDM system, or shield, named the "Aegis Ashore System," is a response by
the NATO military alliance to increasing threats posed by the amalgamation of
intercontinental ballistic missiles in the Middle East.
Today the Aegis BMD system is the key component in the Obama
administration's plan for a phased deployment of a missile defense umbrella in
Europe, which is intended to protect U.S. forces and NATO allies from regional
"Naval Support Facility Deveselu will be a crucial component
in expanding the effectiveness of NATO's overall ballistic missile defense
system," Scorby said. "It will also address the threat posed by short and
intermediate range ballistic missiles to U.S., European and Allied personnel and
assets throughout the region."
The first of two proposed newly established bases, NSF
Deveselu will utilize both a SM-3 missile interceptor battery platform and an
Aegis SPY-1 radar platform. The U.S. government said the SM-3 missiles will have
no offensive capability and only target incoming ballistic missiles launched by
Capt. Bill Garren assumed duties as the first commanding
officer of NSF Deveselu.
"It's an honor to be here and have the opportunity to work
with this international team of dedicated professional who are building the
future of ballistic missile defense in Europe," said Garren. "We have a lot of
work ahead of us but our future success rests on the shoulders of this
outstanding United States/Romania team. So, we have all we need to excel."
The land-based ballistic missile defense system in Romania
will be almost identical to that used on Navy Aegis-capable guided-missile
destroyers and cruisers. It's designed to detect, track, engage and destroy
ballistic missiles in flight.
Also contributing to the BMD system, are the Forward Deployed
Naval Forces in Rota, Spain. The forward deployed Arleigh Burke-class
guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Ross (DDG 71) are the
first of four Aegis BMD warships scheduled to be based in Spain to bolster the
To further the scope and reach of protection of the region's
defense, a Navy base, nearly identical to NSF Deveselu, will be established in
"No single nation can combat global threats alone," Scorby
said. "We must collectively share information, share experiences and work
together for regional stability. U.S., NATO, and European allies stand united in
maintaining a Europe that is safe, secure and prosperous."
NSF Deveselu sits on about 430 acres. The site will consist
of a fire-control radar deckhouse with an associated Aegis command, control and
communications suite. Separately, it will house several launch modules
containing SM-3 missiles and be manned by about 200 U.S. military personnel,
government civilians and support contractors.
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