The U.S. Pacific Fleet Is Missile Defense Capable

Apr 03, 2007, 01:00 ET from Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance

    SAN DIEGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, President of the
 Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (
 had the opportunity to visit the Aegis Destroyers in the USS Nimitz Carrier
 Strike Group docked in San Diego. He also spoke at the ComDef West
 Conference before a group of international attendees interested in
 Sea-Based Missile Defense. Ellison's reflections and comments about the
 visit to the ship and the conference follow:
     "On Monday, April 2nd, 2007 the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, which
 includes the cruiser Princeton and the destroyers Higgins, John Paul Jones,
 and Pinckney, left the US Naval Base in San Diego, California. One of the
 Aegis Destroyers in the battle group has the long range surveillance and
 tracking ballistic missile defense capability. This substantial show of
 force heading into the Pacific represents a deterrent to those that may
 question or would test our resolve and demonstrates strong support for our
 allies that border the Pacific Ocean."
     "Of particular note is North Korea who, in less than two weeks from
 today, is scheduled to turn off its nuclear facilities as agreed to during
 the six-nation talks. This agreement was signed by the six nations
 bordering the waters of and around the Pacific Ocean: China, Japan, Korea,
 North Korea, Russia and the United States. We are fortunate that the United
 States and the country of Japan have deployed and developed missile
 defenses throughout these talks and will continue to do so. For if North
 Korea does not choose to abide by the agreement in the next two weeks or
 withdraws from the agreement at a later time, our deployed forces and the
 population of Japan will be defended. Not only has missile defense been
 instrumental in supporting this agreement from its conception, it is the
 critical piece to ensure stability and prevent further coercion from North
 Korea. Missile Defense provides our nation and that of Russia, China,
 Japan, South Korea another option rather then preemptive military action."
     "It is with reassurance that our country and that of Japan have the
 ability to shoot down short, medium and long range ballistic missiles,
 specifically from North Korea. Today, the United States has Patriot-3
 battalions and a forward based radar in Japan and four Aegis Missile
 Defense engagement ships carrying multiple Standard Missile-3's stationed
 in the surrounding waters, a floating Sea-Based X-band Radar in Alaska, 17
 Ground Based Interceptors and long range radars in Alaska and California."
     NOTE TO MEDIA: Riki Ellison is one of our nation's experts on the
 development and deployment of our nation's missile defense system, and is
 available for on-the-record interviews. Call Chris Marks at 703 299-0062 to
 arrange an interview.

SOURCE Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance