Budget strains will force the DoD to cancel plans to deploy the Harry S. Truman to the Gulf, officials said Feb. 6 (MC2 Kilho Park / Navy)
Navy To Pull Aircraft Carrier From Persian Gulf Over Budget Worries -- NBC News
Published 6:30 p.m. ET: 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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More News On The US Navy Cutting It's Carrier Fleet In The Persian Gulf From 2 To 1
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Budget strains lead US to cut carrier fleet in Persian Gulf from 2 to 1 -- Washington Post/AP
Navy delays aircraft carrier deployment to Middle East -- Washington Times
Pentagon to cut aircraft carrier presence in Persian Gulf to 1 due to budget strains -- FOX News
Truman's Middle East deployment halted amid budget problems -- Stars and Stripes
Budget Fears Delay US Navy Gulf Deployment -- Voice of America
Pentagon Delays Sending Carrier to Mideast to Save Money -- Bloomberg Businessweek
“Money” forces Pentagon to one carrier in Persian Gulf -- The E-Ring
Sailors, families react to canceled Truman deployment -- Virginia Pilot
My Comment: Our allies in the region are taking notice .... as well as our adversaries.