Special Report

Countries With the Most US Military Bases

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15. Romania
> Number of installations: 3
> Size: 438 acres valued at $187.3 million
> Largest installation: Naval Support Facility Deveselu
> Romania population: 19,583,986
> GDP per capita: $23,505

Naval Support Facility Deveselu in Romania is where the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Facility is deployed, supporting NATO’s ballistic missile defense system. The system is designed to intercept cruise missiles and aircraft. Naval Support Facility Deveselu is one of three U.S. military facilities in Romania, a NATO member since 2004. The United States is modernizing its facilities in Romania and neighboring Bulgaria.

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14. Australia
> Number of installations: 3
> Size: 20,077 acres valued at $270.3 million
> Largest installation: Area C-HFR
> Australia population: 24,601,860
> GDP per capita: $44,643

The U.S. Navy jointly operates communications facilities, called Area C-HFR (high frequency receiver), and other military bases with Australian forces in western Australia, in an area comprising three sites about 37 miles apart on a peninsula that separates the Exmouth Gulf from the Indian Ocean. The communications installation was set up to communicate with submarines and surface vessels in the Indian and western Pacific oceans.

Source: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr.

13. Oman
> Number of installations: 4
> Size: 9,000 acres valued at $186.2 million
> Largest installation: Seeb MPT Site
> Oman population: 4,636,262
> GDP per capita: $37,567

Oman and the United States have had diplomatic relations for nearly 200 years. Those relations were deepened in 1981, when the sultanate signed an access agreement with the United States. Seeb is one of the three U.S. air bases located in the Middle Eastern country. It is a transportation and logistics hub near the international airport. The U.S. Navy also operates a facility on Masirah Island in Oman.

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12. Greece
> Number of installations: 4
> Size: 101 acres valued at $545.5 million
> Largest installation: Naval Support Activity Souda Bay
> Greece population: 10,753,531
> GDP per capita: $24,604

The Naval Support Activity Souda Bay is located on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete, in the Mediterranean Sea. The installation, one of four in Greece, provides services focused on combat readiness for ships, aircraft, and personnel. The U.S. Navy’s Souda Bay facility is also home to the Hellenic Air Force’s 115th Combat Wing.

Source: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Wilson

11. Netherlands
> Number of installations: 5
> Size: N/A ($526.6 million)
> Largest installation: Hendrik Mine in Brunssum
> Netherlands population: 17,131,296
> GDP per capita: $48,789

The Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, or HQ JFC Brunssum, was established in 1967 in the southern part of the Netherlands near Limburg. Its predecessor, HQ AFCENT (Headquarters Allied Forces Central Europe), had been located in Fontainebleau in France, but had to leave its headquarters after France withdrew from NATO’s integrated military command in 1966. At that time, coal mines closed in Limburg, the Netherlands offered the Henrik Mine infrastructure for NATO use. There are four other bases with U.S. military operations in the Netherlands.

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