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Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet Visits NSF Deveselu

August 15, 2018 at 5:41 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Nelson

Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and Commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, toured the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) Romania facility at Naval Support Facility Deveselu, Aug. 14, 2018.

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AAMDS has many of the same components used at sea on guided-missile destroyers and cruisers but has been adapted to perform the ballistic missile defense mission from land. The system is designed to detect, track, engage, and destroy missiles in flight.

“It’s an honor to meet and hear from you first-hand as you perform a critical mission in support of our allies and partners in the European theater,” said Franchetti during an all-hands call for Sailors stationed at Deveselu. “Your hard work and dedication assists NATO in providing a credible deterrent to established and emerging regional threats.”

The site, operationally certified in May 2016, is part of the European Phased Adapted Approach (EPAA). EPAA is designed to protect European NATO allies, and U.S. deployed forces in the region, against current and emerging ballistic threats from the Middle East.

“It’s great to see the teamwork between the service members here, all our civilian and contractor support,” said Franchetti. “It’s a big team effort.”

A second European AAMDS facility is under construction in Redzikowo, Poland, and will help improve the defense coverage against medium and intermediate range threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic area.

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

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