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Seaman recruit Jon Ramos moves into the multipurpose facility at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, Poland, on Jan. 11, 2022. NSF Redzikowo is the Navy’s newest installation, and its mission is to support the Aegis Ashore missile defense system.

Seaman recruit Jon Ramos moves into the multipurpose facility at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, Poland, on Jan. 11, 2022. NSF Redzikowo is the Navy’s newest installation, and its mission is to support the Aegis Ashore missile defense system. (Erika L. Kugler/U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy recently moved sailors aboard its newest base, a strategic installation in northern Poland that will support NATO’s European missile defense system.

Personnel completed their move Thursday from off base into a $50 million multipurpose residential building at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, U.S. 6th Fleet said in a statement Friday.

NSF Redzikowo, located about two hours west of Gdansk on the Baltic Sea coast, supports the Aegis Ashore missile defense system.

It integrates the systems of Navy destroyers based in Rota, Spain, and the Aegis capabilities at Naval Support Facility Deveselu, Romania, the Navy said.

The Aegis Ashore site at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, Poland, is seen during construction in August 2019.

The Aegis Ashore site at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, Poland, is seen during construction in August 2019. (Amy Forsythe/U.S. Navy)

“We have to get the base sailors situated first, and then Aegis Ashore will come in, activate the site and continue with their mission,” said Capt. Michael Smith, commanding officer of NSF Redzikowo.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers renovated the former German air base before turning it over to the Navy in September 2020.

The two-story multipurpose facility was built by the Corps of Engineers and completed in June 2020. It includes a gym, barracks, a galley, medical facilities, a Navy Exchange and a recreation center.

A sailor lifts weights in the multipurpose facility at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, Poland, Jan. 11, 2022. NSF Redzikowo is the Navy's newest installation, with the mission of supporting Aegis Ashore missile defense system.

A sailor lifts weights in the multipurpose facility at Naval Support Facility Redzikowo, Poland, Jan. 11, 2022. NSF Redzikowo is the Navy's newest installation, with the mission of supporting Aegis Ashore missile defense system. (Erika L. Kugler/U.S. Navy)

Rooms house up to four sailors and include dorm-style accommodations, such as a microwave and refrigerator.

Citing operational security, the Navy would not say how many personnel were assigned to the base or provide further details about the installation’s size or structure.

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Alison Bath reports on the U.S. Navy, including U.S. 6th Fleet, in Europe and Africa. She has reported for a variety of publications in Montana, Nevada and Louisiana, and served as editor of newspapers in Louisiana, Oregon and Washington.
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