The Navy’s newest “ship” has arrived at the ser- vice’s newest homeport … sort of. The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) now
is up and running on U.S. Naval Support Facility (NSF)
Deveselu, Romania, several hours west of the capital of
Bucharest. Aegis Ashore is the land-based component
of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.
NSF Deveselu, the first overseas naval base to be
established in decades, sits in open country on the runway of a former Soviet bloc air base. The deckhouse can
be seen from miles away. Aegis Ashore is a tenant command of the U.S. NSF, which is a tenant of the Romania
Baza Militara 99 Deveselu. The turnover from the Missile
Defense Agency to the operational commander, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, took place during a ceremony
at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Dec. 18.
“The Aegis Ashore system can now function,” the
Missile Defense Agency’s director, Vice Adm. James D.
Syring, said at the ceremony. “Between now and the sum-
mer, military operators will train
and conduct exercises and addition-
al testing, readying for a NATO ini-
tial operational capability, or IOC,
declaration for the Warsaw Summit
“I took the nod and the salute,
and we declared technical capability
demonstration,” Vice Adm. James
G. Foggo III, who commands U.S.
Sixth Fleet, told Seapower. “Now
we’re integrating all the procedures
and the people into the NATO BMD
[ballistic missile defense] architec-
ture for Europe.”
“This system is only meant to
counter threats originating from out-
side Europe,” U.S. Ambassador Hans
The Aegis Ashore deckhouse looks like that of an
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. It was first
constructed at Moorestown, N.J., for testing, then disas-
sembled and the prefabricated pieces and 900 tons of steel,
in 156 40-foot containers, were shipped to Romania.
Aegis Ashore anchors ballistic missile defense from new base in Romania
By EDWARD LUNDQUIST, Special Correspondent
The U.S. Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Deveselu,
Romania, is the land-based component of the proven Aegis
Ballistic Missile Defense system.
; Part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic
missile defense, it is designed to counter threats originating from
; Aegis Ashore incorporates the Navy’s SPY- 1 radar, multimission signal processor, Mk 41 Vertical Launch System, and command, control and communications processors. It also has the
capability to launch the Standard Missile- 3 Block IA, Block IB and,
beginning in 2018, the Standard Missile- 3 Block IIA.
; A second Aegis Ashore site is being established at the
Redzikowo Base in Gmina Słupsk, Poland, which should be operational in 2018.