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See also: El Puerto de Santa Maria. Rota.

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Naval Station Rota is located on the Bay of Cadiz between the towns of Rota and El Puerto de Santa Maria. The Rota Naval Base is owned by the Spanish and commanded by a Spanish admiral.

Known as the Gateway to the Mediterranean, Naval Station, Rota is strategically located near the Straits of Gibraltar, halfway between the United States and Southwest Asia. The 6,100-acre Spanish-owned installation provides vital support to both the U.S. Sixth Fleet and to the U.S. Air Force Mobility Command units transiting into or through the theater.

Rota Naval Base was constructed under the technical supervision of the Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks. completed in 1953. Some 10,000 tetrapods, now the station's symbol, were carefully placed to provide a seawall to protect a large artificial harbor entrance.

The U.S. Naval Activities Commander in Spain is headquartered in Rota and serves as the area coordinator for all U.S. naval activities ashore in Spain and Portugal. He also serves as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Station.

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Date and time this article was prepared:9:24:43 AM, 3/21/2017.