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Destroyer USS Carney Arrives in Rota Completing European Ballistic Missile Defense Quartet

21513013750_af3d57f490_kGuided missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain on Friday completing the forward deployment of four ballistic missile defense (BMD) destroyers as part of the U.S. European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to BMD.

Carney now joins USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), USS Ross (DDG-71) and USS Porter (DDG-78) assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet.

“With the arrival of Carney, we have reached a milestone in our nation’s commitment to station multi-mission capable warships to support the ballistic missile defense of Europe,” said Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa in a statement.

In addition to the BMD this ship will be part of the stepped up U.S. and NATO presence missions since the Russian seizure of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine in 2014.

Cook, Ross and Porter have all made regular patrols in the Black Sea for the last year.

The destroyers will work together with two planned Aegis Ashore BMD batteries in Romania and Poland as part of the EPAA framework.

In July, the service announced the creation of Commander Task Force 64 (CTF-64) to create a standalone taskforce “to address the growth and emphasis on ballistic missile defense and integrated air and missile defense mission” in the European area of responsibility (AOR).
The forward deployed destroyers will be components of CTF-64, USNI News understands.

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Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.

  • disqus_zommBwspv9

    So they are home ported out of Rota? I thought no one want US Warships based in their countries?

    • Marjus

      Spain got money and other perks. And they already host other US forces.

      • Steve

        I guess we have to pay other States for the honor of protecting them. I suppose that may be part of this Administration’s “strategy” of leading from behind.

        • Secundius

          @ Steve.

          We could also Pattern Ourselves after the Bush II/Cheney Administration. After the First Year, Just Give Up…

    • Secundius

      @ Sailboater.

      When you have a “Ballistic Missile Defense Boat” in your Territorial Water’s, Then EVERYONE want’s you…

      • disqus_zommBwspv9

        That makes sense. But why not put the Ageis cruisers their instead as a permanent Ballistic misleading defense ship. Wait I forgot. It Washington

        • Curtis Conway

          Availability. the Cruisers are fully tasked, or being upgraded, and will continue to be so. We have a subset of 63 DDG-51 Destroyers that are being upgraded for BMD duty. Europe woke up and looked at the proliferation of Tactical Ballistic Missiles through new eyes since Russia put Iskanders in Kaliningrad. What else could they move with greater range, or look at the Russian naval surface/subsurface ballistic missile capability? Most of these weapons can go both ways (conventional/nuclear). Most NATO countries have been really holding back on their own defense investments until we pulled out and left peaceful Europe. Russia sees this as an opportunity. Welcome to the new world of Reality.

  • Mr. Speaker

    Someone please forward this article to Carly Fiorina. She needs more info on the 6th Fleet

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