The head of the U.S. Department of defense Ashton Carter, located on the visit to Spain, visited Friday a military base of moron de La Frontera (Sevilla, Andalucia).
in June, Spain and the United States signed an agreement that will give the opportunity to increase the American military contingent on the base mor?n de La Frontera and give his stay permanent. This agreement provides the opportunity to increase the American Presence on a reciprocal basis of up to 3,000 people in "crisis situations" (this requires additional permission of the Spanish authorities). The military presence 2200 (plus five hundred civil) may be without permission. It provides an increase in the number of American military aircraft to 26.
The deployment of the U.S. military, reporting to the African command of the US military power (AFRICOM), in the event of a "crisis situations" in Africa will take a maximum of nine hours. Mor?n de La Frontera will be the largest base of AFRICOM.
in addition, at the end of September, the American destroyer USS Carney has arrived at the Spanish military base of Rota (c?diz, Autonomous Commonwealth of Andalusia), ending thereby the Deployment of a missile defense system of NATO in this area.
yesterday, Carter called Iran "one of the strongest allies in NATO" because of her "active role" in the battle with a terrorist group "Islamic state" and the implementation of observation flights over the Baltic States.
at the end of last week in Spain, Portugal and Italy were the largest launched in the last decade, the NATO military Exercises, involving 36 thousand soldiers from more than 30 countries, as well as 200 aircraft and 50 warships. Exercises Trident Juncture-2015 will last till November 6. They will involve land, air force and special forces units of the countries of the Commonwealth and their allies, as well as among them Ukraine. In addition, in the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea during a training exercise will be conducted naval maneuvers. The first phase of the exercises will last till October 16 and will be to the modeling of conflict situations. The second stage with the participation of ground, air ships and vessels will begin October 21.