After five years of operation, Aegis Ashore Romania continues to serve as a key part of the NATO ballistic missile defense architecture and the protection of the people of Europe.
“Aegis Ashore Romania is designed to protect European NATO Allies and U.S. deployed forces in the region against the growing threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles outside the Euro-Atlantic area,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Charles Miller, USEUCOM’s director of plans, policy, strategy and capabilities. “This site provides a defensive capability to deter future conflicts and to defend against aggression should deterrence fail.”
On Sept. 13, 2011, the U.S. and Romania signed the Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement, creating the legal basis for Romania to host the Aegis Ashore missile defense system on its territory. Five years later, on May 12, 2016, the Aegis Ashore missile defense site in Deveselu was declared operational under NATO's Ballistic Missile Defense System.
“Designed as an entirely defensive system, Aegis Ashore represents a security guarantee for the Alliance,” said Simona Cojocaru, Romanian State Secretary and Chief of the Department for Defense Policy, Planning and International Relations “This occasion offers me the opportunity to reiterate Romania's full commitment to support United States forces presence on its territory and to emphasize the value of the bilateral strategic partnership and the Aegis Ashore missile defense system for NATO and transatlantic security."
U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) is responsible for U.S. military operations across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean. USEUCOM is comprised of more than 64,000 military and civilian personnel and works closely with NATO Allies and partners. The command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. For more information about USEUCOM, visit https://www.eucom.mil.