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Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS)-Romania Operationally Certified

May 12, 2016 at 10:04 AM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

DEVESELU, Romania - U.S. European Command’s naval component, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th (CNE-CNA/C6F), recognized a key milestone to complete Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) by deeming the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) in Romania as operationally certified in a ceremony held in Deveselu, May 12, 2016.


This Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System represents a significant increase in the capability to defend NATO European territory from attacks originating outside the Euro-Atlantic area, and is a key milestone in the development of NATO Ballistic Missile Defense.


“Today, this site joins the four U.S. Guided Missile Destroyers in Rota, Spain in reaching Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach.  As we cut the ribbon, the watchteams are trained and ready, the system has been tested, and we are now in the progress of integrating this site into the NATO integrated Air and Missile Defense Architecture.”

Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

Quick Facts: 
On Sept. 17, 2009, President Obama announced the concept of EPAA, which calls for using Aegis-based BMD capabilities, both afloat and ashore, to defend Europe against ballistic missile threats originating from outside the Euro-Atlantic Area.
The site first broke ground in Oct. 28, 2013. At a ceremony hosted by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dec. 18, 2015, U.S. and Romanian government officials announced that the major military components of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Romania were complete and had been transferred to the Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.
Since that time the AAMDS-Romania site and U.S. Navy crew achieved operational certification through a series of unit-level and theater-level tests and exercises conducted over the past five months, which validated the system’s capability to integrate into the U.S. and NATO ballistic missile defense (BMD) architecture.
Construction of a second Aegis Ashore site in Poland is part of the final phase of EPAA. The ground breaking is scheduled for May 13, 2016.