ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain, to begin its forward-deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations April 30, 2015.
Porter departed Norfolk, June 3, and is the third of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota. The first, USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), arrived Feb. 11, 2014. The second, USS Ross (DDG 71), arrived June 16, 2014. Porter will provide a mobile missile defense option and will be a key component of the U.S. European Phased Adaptive Approach.
"Porter joins USS Donald Cook and USS Ross as the third of four forward-deployed destroyers in Rota. Our forces will continue to grow with the arrival of USS Carney later this year. That will be 400 percent more ships assigned in Europe than when I was previously stationed here."
"USS Porter and her crew join the 6th Fleet team as part of the U.S. contribution to NATO Ballistic Missile Defense under the Phased Adaptive Approach. Porter, a multi-mission ship, like Donald Cook and Ross, will provide a credible capability, and I know they are ready."
- Vice Adm. James Foggo III, commander U.S. 6th Fleet
"Porter's crew worked very hard over the past year to obtain our deployment certification and prepare for operating forward in 6th Fleet. We are arriving in the European area of operations at peak operational proficiency as a result of their dedication and motivation."
- Cmdr. Blair Guy, commanding officer of USS Porter (DDG 78)
* Developing and integrating new forward capabilities - The purpose behind Porter's and the other destroyers' forward deployment is to enhance the security of the European region. While in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, these ships will perform numerous missions including NATO missile defense, maritime security operations, bi-lateral and multi-lateral training exercises, and NATO operations and deployments.
* Phased defense - The U.S. European Phased Adaptive Approach is the U.S. contribution to NATO ballistic missile defense. The phased approach enables us to deploy capabilities at a pace matched to the threat, and offers Europe an effective defense against short and medium-range ballistic missile attacks originating from the Middle East.
* Deterrence - Ballistic missile defense is a key defensive capability for the U.S. It allows our deployed naval forces to directly contribute to extended deterrence by providing protection against the threat of ballistic missile attack to our allies and partners.
* Together we are ready to defend - U.S. Navy Aegis ballistic missile defense provides scalability, flexibility and mobility. These systems are equally beneficial to U.S. assets, allies and regional partners in all areas of the world. Stationing four ballistic missile defense ships in Spain provides an umbrella of protection to forward-deployed forces, friends and allies, while contributing to the larger architecture planned for defense of the United States.
* Building strong alliances - This deployment supports the commitment made by NATO allies at the Lisbon Summit to provide full coverage and protection for all NATO European populations, territories and forces against the increasing threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles. Hosting these four ships is a Spanish contribution to NATO ballistic missile defense.
* More than just ballistic missile defense - The U.S. 6th Fleet conducts specialized training so we can engage in theater security cooperation at the individual unit level. In the coming years, Porter will support regional maritime security initiatives with numerous maritime partners throughout the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Tasks include: NATO ballistic missile defense, the full spectrum of maritime security operations and bi-lateral and multi-lateral training exercises, and operations.
* The U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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