THE US and Spain have begun negotiations on an agreement in which US military personnel and equipment would be based in Cadiz for a minimum of four years.
Worth €200 million, the deal would put the Spanish company Navantia in charge of the maintenance of the four destroyers.
The first two ships are scheduled to arrive at the Rota naval base in 2014, with two more to follow in 2015. They will be accompanied by 1,100 military personnel and their family.
This deal will provide a much-needed boost to Andalucia’s economy, and Spain is hopefully that it could lead to further deals between the countries.
The agreement is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.