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New website will help Rota-bound sailors, families get ready

Sep. 18, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
The courtyard at Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, is reminiscent of a resort.
The courtyard at Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, is reminiscent of a resort. (Navy)
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Rota, Spain, was among the destinations highlighted in a recent Navy Times cover story about overseas deployments, new ports, and some of the far-flung places sailors may find themselves in the coming years. Read it here.

Sailors and their families preparing for a forward-deployment to Rota, Spain, now have an easy online tool to answer their transition questions.

Let’s Move to NAVSTA Rota, Spain” went live Monday, according to a Navy release. The website offers information on moving and housing; health care; Morale, Wellness and Recreation programs; and other helpful links and contacts for the installation.

“While the site should be helpful to anyone transitioning there, it was developed to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for families and sailors aboard the four destroyers that will soon be forward-deployed to Rota,” Capt. Frank Dowd, Surface Forces Atlantic Forward Deployed Naval Force Rota project lead, said in the release. “We worked closely with Rota leaders and service providers there in developing the site to ensure the information is not only accurate, but that it really addresses the topics these folks want and need to know about.”

The destroyers Donald Cook, Ross and Porter from Norfolk, Va., and Carney from Mayport, Fla., are scheduled for an upcoming Rota deployment. Ross and Cook will arrive in fiscal 2014, followed the next year by Porter and Carney.

When Navy Times spoke to sailors aboard Donald Cook in July about their impending deployment, the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Scott Jones, said “the biggest issue is the people, just getting folks to come forward with their personal challenges.”

The new website aims to ease many of these concerns.

Despite some hesitation, many sailors were thrilled with the initial announcement of Rota deployments in late 2011.

“I was stationed in Rota from 1994 until 1998,” wrote Senior Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate (AW) Phillip Burt, then the senior enlisted leader of the Naval Academy’s 16th Company. “It is still my favorite duty station. The quality of life there is second to none.”

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