NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk Naval Station is about to lose three ships, but this move has nothing to do with budget cuts.
The three ships leaving Norfolk will head to Rota, Spain to beef-up the European Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities.
The move was announced back in Oct., but the Navy released Thursday which Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers would be involved.
The USS Porter will move in fiscal year 2015.
"We welcome Spain's partnership in stationing four U.S. Navy Aegis ships at Naval Station Rota," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "We have a long history of cooperation between our two countries and we have developed significant interoperability between our naval forces."
The Mayport, Fla.-based USS Carney will arrive the same year as the USS Porter.
Families of sailors assigned to these vessels will have the option of moving to Rota, Spain. Macapagal said the move would be covered by the military.
Macapagal added that these ships are not big, so the move will affect less than 300 personnel aboard each ship.
Norfolk Fire & Rescue officials said a train went off its track Dec. 5, 2013 in the area of East Princess Anne and Ingleside roads.
HazMat crews have identified the material on a derailed train in Norfolk as cement. East Princess Anne and Ingleside roads have reopened to traffic.
A portion of Dominion Boulevard in Chesapeake is shut down until Friday morning as part of an emergency closure.