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US Navy rotates European-based BMD warships

12 June 2019
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More capable warships will be deployed to Europe by the US Navy (USN) to replace four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers that have been based in Spain since 2014.

The four ships of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) are also planned to be supported by the basing in Rota, Spain of a helicopter maritime strike squadron equipped with Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks.

According to a US 6th Fleet announcement, the "newer, modernised ships [are being deployed] in order to posture the most capable forces forward in the US European Command area of responsibility".

It said the relocation of the helicopter maritime strike squadron in support of the destroyers would "enhance the multimission roles of these ships".

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