17 JUL 2015
In response to a request by Turkey, NATO Foreign Ministers decided on 4 December 2012 that NATO would augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey against threats posed by missiles from across its border with Syria.
Four Allies have committed PATRIOT batteries to augment Turkey’s air defences. Germany and the United States have provided two batteries each since January 2013. Spain has provided one since January 2015. The Netherlands provided two batteries from January 2013 until January 2015. At present there are approximately 750 NATO troops supporting the PATRIOT deployment.
“After the deployment of the Spanish PATRIOT unit in Sakirpasa detachment, close to the Adana civilian airport, Spain, on 26thJanuary 2015 assumed the firm commitment to defend the city of Adana against possible attack of BM from Syria,” says Lieutenant-Colonel Jorge Manuel Cotorruelo Carrión, Commander of the Spanish PATRIOT unit. “We have accomplished our mission for the last six months, and for sure, our replacement will continue contributing to the defence of NATO borders during the months to come.”
With an almost 100-percent efficiency in the accomplishment of its mission the Spanish PATRIOT Unit has demonstrated not only the flawless performance of the PATRIOT system, but also the experience and the training of the personnel deployed to Turkey.
“The close cooperation with our American and German Allies as well as the support provided by the Turkish Host Nation have been essential for the accomplishment of this Allied mission during these first six months of our deployment”.
All PATRIOT batteries are under NATO command and plugged into NATO’s air defence network. Command and control procedures have been agreed by all 28 Allies. NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, General Breedlove, has operational command responsibility for the Patriot deployment. He has delegated responsibility to Allied Air Command, Ramstein, which is in charge of NATO’s air defence, and to NATO military commanders on the ground.
L. J. De Rothschild