The missile defence base of Deveselu will operate under the authority of the Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples, Defence Minister Mircea Dusa (photo R) announced on Tuesday. The base’s objectives will become operational by the end of this year, he mentioned.
Admiral Ferguson is paying a two-day official visit to Romania on an invitation of the Romanian Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Nicolae Ciuca.
Dusa met JFC Commander, U.S. Navy Admiral Mark Ferguson, currently in a visit to Romania. The minister insisted the Deveselu base was a defensive capability of NATO, and revealed that he and Ferguson discussed the security conditions on the eastern flank of NATO and of the EU.
“We both underlined again the Alliance’s solidarity as regards the guaranteeing of security in this area. We have underlined the importance of the measures approved at the NATO Summit in Wales, on political and military levels. We have underlined that Romania was an oasis of stability in the region, and we have underlined Romania’s major security pillars. (…) I have appreciated the support of the Naples Command when it came to establishing a multinational division command in Romania,” Dusa declared after the meeting.
He asserted that President Klaus Iohannis will soon submit the National Defence Strategy to the Parliament, and the Defence Minister will draft the white paper on defence and the national military strategy, synchronised with the measures for reassuring NATO’s and EU’s eastern flank.
Admiral Ferguson added to the list of topics discussed the dispatching of 1,000 members under his command to the firing range of Cincu next month; troops from 21 states will participate in an exercise that represent an important assurance measure for the Alliance and a part of NATO’s Action Plan. The move will test the complete operational capability of JFC Naples staff, by shifting the command and control between Naples and forces in Cincu, he explained.
He also mentioned several NATO exercises to be carried out soon, and appreciated Romania’s efforts to transform and adapt the Alliance, Agerpres informs.
Stars and Stripes: NATO to temporarily deploy command post to Romania
NATO will deploy a command post to Romania for the first time when it launches Trident Joust 2015, an exercise to test the alliance’s crisis-response capabilities as it beefs up its presence in eastern Europe, writes stripes.com.
NATO’s Naples-based Joint Force Command will lead the 12-day exercise, which kicks off in June.
The alliance’s emphasis on speed and mobility comes at a time of increased concern about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
“This deployment will test the full operational capability of my staff, by shifting command and control between my headquarters in Naples (Italy) and the forward deployed elements in Cincu, (Romania),” Adm. Mark Ferguson III, commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command in Naples, said in a statement Tuesday, according to stripes.com.