ANOTHER CARRIER ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK?
George Washington Targeted by Obama Administration
By Harold Hutchison
In the wake of prematurely retiring USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Obama Administration is now considering putting the Nimitz-class carrier George Washington (CVN 73) on the chopping block as well, taking America down to nine deployable carriers.
According to DefenseNews.com, Obama Administration officials are eyeing $7 billion is savings from scrapping the carrier instead of beginning a re-fuelling process in 2016. If the retirement went through, this would be the biggest reduction in deployable carriers the United States had had since the end of World War II.
The cuts would also include the carrier’s air wing, which usually carries four squadrons of F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet multi-role fighters, along with support aircraft like the EA-18G, E-2D, and MH-60R.