The Aegis Ashore system is part of the US’ European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defense. The network of systems positioned around Europe is designed to defend US troops and allies from possible long-range missile threats from the Middle East. There will be two Aegis Ashore systems – that consists of a deckhouse and launchers similar to those found on an Aegis BMD destroyer – in Romania and Poland by the end of 2018. The Aegis Ashore system in Deveselu, Romania, was declared operational in May and during the same month, the Defense Department broke ground in Redzikowo, Poland, for its second Aegis Ashore site to be complete in 2018.
Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Alexander Perrien; Caption: Jen Judson