(NBC) Navy to pull aircraft carrier from Persian Gulf over budget worries

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Budget constraints are prompting the U.S. Navy to cut back the number of aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf region from two to one, the latest example of how contentious fiscal battles in Washington are impacting the U.S. military.

According to Defense Department officials, the USS Harry S. Truman, which was set to leave for the Persian Gulf region on Friday, will now remain stateside, based in Norfolk, Virginia.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the change to the department’s “two-carrier policy” in the Persian Gulf region early Wednesday.

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Posted February 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Paul PA wrote:

Notice how all the talk allowed by the administration concerning the sequester concerns the affect on defense. None on the affects from cuts to domestic programs is allowed out - at least at this point.

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