НАТО: новые горизонты

БРЮССЕЛЬ – Американский корабль, прибывающий на этой неделе на испанскую военно-морскую базу, одновременно с этим входит в историю. Прибытие эсминца «Дональд Кук» из Норфорка (Вирджиния) в новый порт дислокации, Рота, находящийся на атлантическом побережье Испании, – первый пример, когда корабль американских ВМС, оснащенный высокотехнологичной системой защиты против баллистических ракет «Иджис», будет постоянно базироваться в Европе.

«Дональд Кук» – первый из четырех эсминцев военно-морского флота США, которые, имея на борту около 1200 членов экипажа и обслуживающего персонала, будут играть центральную роль в противоракетной обороне НАТО. Но корабли будут выполнять и множество других задач, таких как операции по обеспечению безопасности на море, двусторонние и многосторонние учения, а также участие в операциях и развертывании сил НАТО, в том числе постоянных морских групп НАТО.

Прибытие корабля «Дональд Кук» знаменует собой шаг вперед для НАТО, для европейской безопасности и для трансатлантического сотрудничества. Оно недвусмысленно демонстрирует, как прочны узы между Америкой и Европой, когда дело касается сложных и непредсказуемых проблем безопасности нашей эпохи.

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