Ufuk Aktuğ / Hatay, Oct 9 () - U.S. has launched works to remove and replace the Patriot Air Defense System which was deployed at the Turkish military base in southeastern province of Gaziantep, within the planned withdrawal.
Military vehicles and missile launchers have been conveyed to İskenderun Port in Hatay province bordering Syria, followed by a police escort, set to be redeployed to U.S.
U.S. Patriots have been in Turkey since 2013
Having been deployed by U.S. against the threat of potential missile attacks from Syria, following Turkey’s application to NATO in Jan. 2013, the Patriot Air Defense System based on Gaziantep 5th Armed Brigand Command has been withdrawn, as its tour of duty has ended.
On Aug. 16 this year, U.S. and Turkey has made a joint statement declaring the defense system would be redeployed to the U.S. “for critical modernization upgrades that will ensure the U.S. missile defense force remains capable of countering evolving global threats and protecting Allies and partners – including Turkey”. This decision followed a U.S. review of global missile defense posture, according to the announcement.
The remaining patriot systems have been deployed to Kahranmaraş and Adana provinces, where they carry their ongoing duty.
An official statement has not been made regarding the date of finalization of the withdrawal.
-Military vehicles carried to Hatay