Spain Finalizes Agreement With U.S. to Host Antimissile Warships

Spain announced on Friday it had finalized an agreement with the United States to permit the basing of four U.S. Aegis-equipped destroyers at a Spanish naval base in accordance with broader NATO efforts to establish an alliance-wide ballistic missile defense capability, the Associated Press reported.

The four missile interceptor-equipped warships are to be home ported in Rota in the southwest part of the country. The first of the two Aegis destroyers -- the USS Ross and the USS Donald Cook -- are slated to arrive in fiscal 2014 and the remaining two -- the USS Porter and the USS Carney -- will follow in the next year, according to earlier reporting. 

The ship-based interceptors in Rota are to be complemented by the fielding of U.S. Standard Missile 3 interceptors in Poland and Romania. The United States is deploying the sea- and land-based interceptors in support of a broader NATO initiative to link-up and augment member nations' missile defense programs as a bulwark against possible strikes launched from the Middle East.

October 5, 2012
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Spain announced on Friday it had finalized an agreement with the United States to permit the basing of four U.S. Aegis-equipped destroyers at a Spanish naval base in accordance with broader NATO efforts to establish an alliance-wide ballistic missile defense capability, the Associated Press reported.

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