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Budget Woes Put Troops, Allies At Risk
By Harold Hutchison

The Defense Department announced a delay in the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman and the cruiser USS Gettysburg due to uncertainty about the budget situation.

“Facing budget uncertainty -- including a continuing resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board sequestration cuts -- the U.S. Navy made this request to the secretary and he approved. This prudent decision enables the U.S. Navy to maintain these ships to deploy on short notice in the event they are needed to respond to national security contingencies,” a statement released by the Pentagon said.

The carrier usually carries up to four squadrons of strike fighters and additional support aircraft.