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    US Completes Missile Defense System Deployment at Naval Station in Spain

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    The United States completes on Friday the deployment of a missile defense system in the Spanish province of Cadiz as part of its NATO ballistic missile campaign in Europe, Spanish media reported, citing the Ministry of Defense.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The last ship in the campaign, the US guided-missile destroyer USS Carney, is expected to join three other Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers currently deployed at the joint US-Spain Naval Station Rota.

    The three ships currently at the base are the USS Porter, USS Donald Cook and USS Ross, La Voz Digital newspaper reported.

    While in Europe, the ships will contribute to maritime security operations, bilateral and multilateral training exercises, as well as other NATO operations and deployments.

    The United States has launched the campaign in an effort to assure NATO allies they can quickly respond to military threats.

    Spain, a NATO member since 1982, maintains two military bases with a permanent US presence – an air base in Seville and a combined air and naval base in Cadiz.


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