The first sailors are now on station at the controversial missile defense shield in Romania, Navy Region Europe announced Monday.
The sailors arrived last month as part of an initial wave that will “lay the groundwork for a full team deployment.”
The announcement means the AEGIS Ashore missile defense facility in Deveselu is a step closer to becoming operational. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly condemned the facility, claiming the shield is aimed at upsetting the strategic balance of power in Europe.
It’s interesting that they’re using teams deployed for six months. One wonders from where they will be drawn, as I understand that Operations Specialists in particular is a perpetually undermanned field. Will ships on the waterfront be tasked to detach a sailor TDY?