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Visit of General Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, to the Chief of the Naval Staff (AJEMA).
They discussed issues of interoperability and collaboration between both Services.
Monday, October 02, 2017


Today at midday, Admiral General Teodoro López Calderón, Chief of the Naval Staff (AJEMA) welcomed the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, four-star General Robert B. Neller. They were accompanied by the Spanish Commandant General of the Marine Corps (COMGEIM), Major-General Jesús Manuel Vicente and the U.S. Defense Attaché to Spain Captain Brett Fullerton.

During the meeting, both authorities discussed issues related to interoperability between the Spanish Navy and the USMC. General Neller subsequently paid a visit to the Spanish Chief of the Defense Staff.

The Kingdom of Spain and the United States maintain a Defense Cooperation Agreement related to aspects as wide as the use of Rota Naval Base and the standing deployment of a crisis reaction force in Morón Air Base, among many others questions. This agreement also contemplates the development of NATO and bilateral defense cooperation issues. It includes operational procedures to authorize port visits to Spanish ports and overflights of U.S. military aircraft.

Worth mentioning is the 891-strong U.S. Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response (SPMAGTF-CR) stationed in Morón Air Base (Spain) and Sigonella Naval Air Station (Italy).

The SPMAGTF-CR is the first option in crisis situations. Although smaller in size than the US Marine Expeditionary Unit, its missions include protection of diplomatic delegations, support during evacuation operations, humanitarian aid and personnel recovery.

This concept started in 2011 within the USMC integrated into USAFRICOM. It subsequently developed and expanded as a result of the serious incidents in the US Consulate in Benghazi (Libya) in 2012.

This rotating unit is under organic command of the USMC element for Europe and Africa: the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM).

Its general Headquarters are in Stuttgart (Germany). Apart from the SPMAGTF-CR, other units located in those HQ are the Black Sea Rotational Force, stationed in Romania, and the Marine Rotational Force Europe, stationed in Norway.

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