Five years into basing four guided-missile destroyers in Spain as part of a larger European ballistic missile defense scheme, the Navy announced it will start to cycle out the warships for more modernized hulls..
The quartet will start to rotate next year with all four ships – USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), USS Ross (DDG-71), USS Porter (DDG-78) and USS Carney (DDG-64) – set to cycle out of Naval Station Rota by 2022.
They will be replaced, “with newer, modernized ships in order to posture the most capable forces forward in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility,” read the statement from 6th Fleet. “Additionally, the U.S. Navy intends to relocate a helicopter maritime strike squadron (HSM) to Rota in support of the destroyers, which will enhance the multi-mission roles of these ships.” READ MORE...
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