US to establish missile defence system on Guam

US to establish missile defence system on Guam

US to establish missile defence system on Guam

Updated 30 March 2012, 14:35 AEDT

The United States military plans to establish a Ballistic Missile Defense system in Guam on top of relocating its 8,000 Marines from Japan to the island.

Radio Australia's Gemma Casas reports that the missile defence system would see 630 US personnel deployed to man the operation.

The announcement was made at a series of scoping meetings held in Guam and the Northern Marianas, which aim to give residents the chance to air concerns about military projects in the region.

The BMD system would be capable of intercepting missiles that either have the potential to impact military assets or involve long-range attacks on US allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

US Colonel Clyde Burton in Hawaii says the major Northern Marianas islands of Saipan and Tinian, and possibly the country's uninhabited northernmost islands could be used for the relocated troops' integrated training.

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