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4. NAV / NAS / Rota-Spain

Last modified: 18 Mar 2021

Country: United States    Region: Overseas

Locale: Spain

Latitude: 36° 38' 59" N     Longitude: -7° 40' 0" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


US Naval Station Rota supports Naval Forces Europe-Africa, the US 6th Fleet and COCOM strategic priorities by providing airfield and port facilities, security, force protection, logistical and administrative support and emergency services to US and NATO forces.

Situated on a Spanish Navy base, NAVSTA Rota provides cargo, fuel and logistics support to units transiting the region, supporting US./ NATO ships with three active piers; US Navy and USAF aircraft with an airfield; and the largest weapons and fuels facilities in Europe, located within a secured area.
Under guidance of the Agreement on Defense Cooperation (ADC), US and Spanish navies work together. The Naval station is being operated by USN and USMC personnel but there are also USAr and USAF detachments on the base.

The former AN/FRD10 directionfinder at grid 3639'23"N 621'54"W has been demolished

USN units
- FIeet Supply Center Sigonella detachment Rota
- Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Sigonella-Rota
- Commander, Destroyer Squadron 60 (an admin command for training purposes)
- Commander, Task Force Six Eight conducts EOD operations, Naval Construction, Expeditionary Security and Theater Security Cooperation
- NCTAMS LANT Det Rota provides worldwide secure computer and telecommunications services for the station.
- Marine Corps Security Force Regiment / Fleet Antiterror Security Team (FAST) Company Europe

USAF units
- 521st Air Mobility Operations Command is responsible for fixed en route support for the air mobility force from the Atlantic Ocean, through the Mediterranean Sea, and into the Southwest and Central Asia areas of responsibility
- 725th Air Mobility Command is performing aircraft generation, launch and recovery actions, operating an Air Mobility Control Center, Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight and a Forward Supply Location

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