The Steering Committee established to amend the existing Agreement on Defense Cooperation between Spain and the United States has signed agreements for the administrative coordination of the four U.S. Aegis destroyers to be based in Rota from 2014.
Spain's participation in the NATO program for ballistic missile defense, as a dependable ally, is without financial outlay and will directly contribute to the effective protection the territory and people of Spain and the safety of the rest of Europe.
BIRTH OF THE AGREEMENTS
The development of the Protocol and of the administrative arrangements for its implementation was entrusted to a Steering Committee, chaired by Vice Admiral Horcada Ignacio Rubio, Assistant Director General of Planning and International Relations of the Ministry of Defense, and Admiral Montgomery, representing the Planning Section of the U.S. European Command.
The four working groups formed under the Steering Committee, specializing in the areas of infrastructure, training and operations, maintenance, and technology transfer documents, have developed a framework for coordinating the actions leading to the deployment of the four ships.
With the signing of these agreements, on Nov. 13, the Steering Committee has completed this phase, which will allow the necessary preparatory work until the arrival of Rota's first American destroyers in 2014.
The Hispanic-American Standing Committee will continue to ensure the proper implementation and enforcement of the Convention of Defense Cooperation with the United States and its derivative documents, overseeing the preparation work referred to above and ensuring that that it is implemented as required.
In order to contribute significantly to NATO’s ballistic missile defense system, the Spanish Council of Ministers on October 7, 2011 authorized the deployment of four U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers in the naval base of Rota, as well as the necessary facilities that allow the permanent stationing of ships and their crews in the base.
On 10 October, Spanish Minister of Defence Peter Morenés and the Secretary of Defense of the United States, Leon E. Panetta, signed the 2nd Protocol to amend the existing Agreement on Defense Cooperation between Spain and the United States, which formalizes the authorization and the terms of the deployment of these ships.