US Navy DDGs arrive in Spain to begin ABM Watch over Europe

Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) launches from the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as apart of a joint ballistic missile defense exercise. The new ABM capable DDGs carrying the SM-3 will provide a limited missile umbrella over Europe and North Africa

Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) launches from the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as apart of a joint ballistic missile defense exercise. The new ABM capable DDGs carrying the SM-3 will provide a limited missile umbrella over Europe and North Africa. Click to embiggen

NNS140211-05. USS Donald Cook Begins Forward Deployment to Rota, Spain,

From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived at Naval Station Rota to begin her forward deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 11.

Donald Cook is the first of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be stationed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, and will be joined by other guided-missile destroyers, USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Carney (DDG 64), over the next two years.

The purpose behind these destroyers’ forward deployments is to enhance the security of the European region. While in U.S. 6th Fleet, these ships will perform numerous missions, including NATO ballistic missile defense, maritime security operations, bi-lateral and multi-lateral training exercises, and NATO operations and deployments.

Ross is scheduled to join Donald Cook in Rota later this year, with Carney and Porter arriving sometime in 2015.

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