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U.S. Navy to Withdraw Forces from La Maddalena, Sardinia

30 November 2005

Move will affect about 2,500 American personnel and family members

The governments of the United States and Italy have agreed to remove American Navy forces from La Maddalena, Sardinia, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said November 30.

A timeline for the withdrawal has not yet been agreed upon. The departure will affect about 2,500 Americans, including active-duty personnel, civilian employees and family members, EUCOM said in a news release.

The move is related to a worldwide repositioning of U.S. forces. President Bush in August 2004 said the United States plans to relocate as many as 70,000 American personnel currently stationed overseas to reflect strategic changes since the end of the Cold War. (See fact sheet.)

“The United States has determined that the capabilities provided by the installation are no longer required due to the realities of the new century’s security environment,” EUCOM said. The facility at La Maddalena “was originally built to meet Cold War security threats.”

About 1,100 sailors at La Maddalena serve aboard the U.S.S. Emory S. Land and its associated submarine support squadron. The Emory S. Land provides maintenance and logistics support. There are an additional 475 military members, 150 Italian civilian employees and 75 U.S. Navy civilian employees at the installation.

“No decision has been made on a prospective homeport for Emory S. Land,” the EUCOM release said.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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