U.S. 6th Fleet Receives Aegis Ashore-Romania from MDA
(Source: U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa; issued Dec 18, 2015
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District built the $134 million Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Complex in Deveselu, Romania. The 269-acre site is part of Deveselu Air Base. (US Army file photo)
BUCHAREST, Romania --- The U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Mr. Hans Klemm and Romanian Foreign Minister, Lazar Comanescu announced the major military components of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Romania have been transferred to the operational commander, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 18, 2015.

The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) in Deveselu, Romania, is a key element in Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA).

Quotes:
“I’m happy to report that this ceremony today marks that all major military construction on the base, that is everything necessary for operating the system, is complete and functioning, and that the project came in under-budget, thanks in no small part to the excellent cooperation we received from the Government of Romania. We now move on to the next phase of operational testing and evaluation, in preparation for its Initial Operating Capacity declaration as well as the NATO integration process.”
U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm

“Vice Adm. Syring [Director, Missile Defense Agency] and I conducted a thorough walk through of the Aegis Ashore site in Deveselu yesterday. I am impressed by all of the progress the U.S. and Romanian team has made since my last visit in February. Now that CNE-CNA/ U.S. 6th Fleet has ownership of Aegis Ashore-Romania, we will begin integration into the existing NATO BMD architecture”
Vice Adm. James Foggo, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet

Quick Facts:
EPAA is the U.S. national contribution to NATO Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and was implemented in phases in order to be adaptable and flexible and be able to include evolving BMD technology to counter the growing BMD threat.

-- The purpose of the EPAA is to protect European NATO allies, and U.S. deployed forces in the region, against current and emerging ballistic threats from the Middle East.

-- Phase One (completed in FY11) involved the deployment of current and proven missile defense systems, including one deployed BMD capable ship, the SM-3 Block IA interceptor, and a forward-based Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance system (AN/TPY-2) in Turkey.

-- U.S. 6th Fleet will test and evaluate the AAMDS-Romania in preparation for future integration into the NATO Ballistic Missile Defense Architecture.

-- NATO BMD architecture includes Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance System (AN/TPY-2); a command and control network operated from Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and the ballistic missile defense capable DDGs, forward deployed to Rota, Spain.

-- U.S. and Romanian officials broke ground Oct. 28, 2013 for the AEGIS Ashore missile defense site at Deveselu Air Base, Romania.

-- U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts that full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

-- U.S.–Romania Joint Statement on the Technical Capability of the Aegis Ashore Site at Deveselu, Military Base, Romania (see below)

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U.S.-Romania Joint Statement on the Technical Capability of the Aegis Ashore Site at Deveselu, Military Base, Romania
(Source: US Embassy to Romania; issued Dec 18, 2015
The United States and Romania are committed to enhancing bilateral ties and working to strengthen security in the Euro-Atlantic area. In the context of their Strategic Partnership, the United States and Romania are pleased to announce today that major military components of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) in Romania, a key element in Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), are completed and have been handed over to the operational commander for future integration into the NATO Ballistic Missile Defense architecture.

Delivery of this capability signals a significant increase in ballistic missile defense capability and defensive coverage for southern and central NATO Europe against short- and medium-range ballistic missile threats emanating from outside the Euro-Atlantic Area. Reaching today’s achievement is indicative of the close cooperation between the United States and Romania and the two countries' shared commitment to regional stability and security. This announcement underlines the breadth and depth of our strategic partnership in this the 135th year of our bilateral relations.

EPAA Phase II enhances existing U.S. and NATO capabilities with upgrades to the Aegis BMD system, a more advanced version of the Standard Missile-3 interceptor, and the addition of a U.S. land-based SM-3 ballistic missile defense site (also referred to as the Aegis Ashore) at Deveselu. These enhancements build upon previously completed efforts for NATO BMD architecture including the placement of an AN/TPY-2 radar in Turkey, a NATO command and control network operated from Ramstein Air Base in Germany, and BMD-capable multi-mission Aegis ships home-ported in Rota, Spain.

Today's announcement follows extensive military construction, equipment installation, and testing activities at Deveselu. EPAA contributes substantially to NATO's collective security as an integral part of NATO BMD.

Romania and the United States cooperate successfully across a broad spectrum of security efforts, including through Operation Atlantic Resolve, and in other exercises and missions across the globe. Within this context, Romania periodically hosts U.S. European Command and its service components to jointly conduct training exercises with military forces from the Central European and Black Sea regions.

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