Washington, Mar 5 : The United States is set to expand the rotational presence of guided missile destroyers and attack submarines to counter Russia in Europe, US European Command (USEUCOM) chief Gen Curtis Scaparrotti said in a congressional testimony on Tuesday.
"Additionally, USEUCOM is working with the Department to increase the rotational presence of guided missile destroyers, a Carrier Strike Group, and attack submarines, all of which provide lethal combat power to deter our adversaries and counter growing threats in the undersea domain," Scaparotti told the US Senate Armed Services Committee.
He said additional maritime capabilities were being requested to boost the lethality in the maritime domain and "to counter Russian maritime capabilities".
"Similar to the land and air domains, this necessitates infrastructure improvements to sea ports of debarkation (SPOD) as well as prepositioning critical naval capabilities such as munitions. The FY19 request also provides additional capability for antisubmarine warfare (ASW) sensors and platforms such as the P-8s," Scaparrotti said.