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Change of command at the Deveselu ballistic missile defence system


Romania's Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc on Thursday welcomed outgoing and incoming commanders of the US Navy Support Unit at Deveselu for the change of command, underscoring that the Deveselu ballistic missile defence system is the most important outcome of the strategic partnership between Romania and the US. 

In a press statement released on Thursday, Motoc is quoted as wishing success on incoming commander Jon C. Grant, and congratulating outgoing commander James Craycraft on his mission in Romania. 

"You have plenty of reasons to be proud of your and our achievements, starting with the inauguration of the Aegis Ashore system, continuing with its certification and commissioningt and then with the transfer of its command and control to NATO,' Motoc is quoted as having told Craycraft. 

Motoc gave assurances that the incoming commander can count on the entire support of the Romanian Defence Ministry (MApN) and commander of the 99th Devesleu Base Razvan Bratulescu for successful conduct of missions.

The missile defence system at Devesleu is said to be a success story thanks to genuine team efforts deployed by Romania as well as US officials and experts; it represents the most important project of the existing strategic partnership between Romania and the US, says MApN 

Motoc is also quoted as having reconfirmed Romania's solid support for the missile defence area and its important part in the current security setting, underscoring that the joint ballistic missile defence project has led to increased security for Romania and the Euro-Atlantic area. 

Also attending the meeting were Chief or Romania's Military Staff Nicolae Ciuca and Commander of the 99th Deveselu Base.