Stationing US Navy Destroyers in Spain Increases Readiness in the Pacific

June 2, 2023

Foundation of Defense for Democracies

The U.S. Navy recently announced its intention to forward station an additional two Arleigh Burke-class ballistic missile defense-capable destroyers in Rota, Spain, raising the total number of U.S. destroyers homeported in this European port to six. This means the ships and crews will use Rota as their homeport for the next six to ten years and always be very close to any crisis or contingency in Europe, Africa or the Middle East…

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