Skip to comments.US to cut carrier fleet in Persian Gulf to 1
Posted on 02/06/2013 10:39:43 PM PST by Olog-hai
The Pentagon is cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, the Defense Department said Wednesday, in a move that represents one of the most significant effects of budget cuts on the U.S. military presence overseas. The decision comes as Washington struggles to find a way to avoid sharp automatic spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs next month.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved keeping just one carrier in the Persian Gulf region. The U.S. has maintained two aircraft carrier groups in the Gulf for most of the last two years.
Panetta has been leading a campaign to replace the automatic cuts he warns would hollow out the military, and the Pentagon has been providing greater details on the cuts it would have to make if Congress fails to both replace them and agree on a 2013 defense budget bill. The carrier decision is one of the most significant announcements made thus far.
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Peace breaks out....
or rather we might see some “friendly” (imaginative use of the term) governments falling to the Islamics and Muslim Brotherhoods.....
Because there is no reason to worry about strife or war in the region. Leon just being a good Hell Hound for his master.
The Navy is probably going to discontinue Saturday “deliveries” too.
So the navy will have to scrape by with 2010-era levels of readiness in the Gulf? No carrier strike groups anywhere near the Persian Gulf would be a drastic downgrade in readiness, one carrier strike group seems like plenty to sit and watch the water.
Hopefully all the jets and weapons we’ve been “giving away” won’t come back to bite us in the butt now though I’m sure Obama could just pick up the phone and make a call to one of his Muslim buddies and get them to stop if he needed to. You know how reasonable terrorists can be..../s
That’s a great plan. If there are none of our forces there to confront, there will be no confrontation. Perhaps the near-term threat of Nuc has disapated.
We can use nukes against Tehran from a standoff position anyway.
There will be no budget savings. The carrier force will still exist. The crews will still be maintained.
The move is confirmation of the nuclear manufacturing underground explosion. The threat is gone
Absolutely will not happen in the next four years, or any time after that if the Left is successful in permanently installing itself by way of "instant citizenship" for illegals.
Things begin to heat up with Iran, so the DOD and the Admirals decide to get out of Dodge, or maybe they’re bringing the forces back in case they’re needed when 0bama orders an attack on American citizens?
Would be awfully cynical if Obama knows something is about to happen over there, but he can blame the evil GOP for us not being there to respond or project strength...
The group will remain deployed in another location
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