Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec participates in Distinguished Visitors Day of Patriot Spark 23 Live-fire Tactical Exercise

November 15, 2023

U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Kavalec joined the Prime Minister Ciolacu, Senate President Ciuca, and Defense Minister Tilvar, and other high-ranking officers at the Distinguished Visitors Day of the PATRIOT SPARK 23 tactical exercise on Wednesday, November 15, in Capu Midia (Constanta County) ground-to-air firing range. This exercise represents the inaugural test of Romania’s PATRIOT missile system, a culmination of years of planning and cooperation between Romania and the United States. It will provide Romania with not only the most advanced air defense system in the world, but also establish Romania as a leader in air and missile defense in the NATO alliance.

The exercise demonstrated the PATRIOT system’s ability to identify, track, and neutralize aerial targets. “This exercise is a testament to the dedication of Romania’s government and armed forces to develop one of the most modern and effective militaries on the European continent,” Ambassador Kavalec said. She noted that “Shooting a missile out of the sky is incredibly difficult, but as today’s exercise shows the highly dedicated operators have the skills and the tools to do exactly this.” Ambassador Kavalec emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Romania Strategic Partnership and the strong security-cooperation relationship between the two countries, Today’s exercise is one example of the mutual vision of peace and stability, and the United States government is here to support and collaborate with Romania. Ambassador Kavalec congratulated Romania for its continued investments to defend its sovereign territory and strengthen the NATO alliance.

This exercise represents Romania’s continued investment in Black Sea security and deterrence. As the world watches malign actors use missiles to terrorize and attack peaceful nations, Romania provides strong and vigilant defense of the NATO’s eastern flank.