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USS John C. Stennis Leaves Fifth Fleet
By Harold Hutchison

The United States is down to one carrier to not only support Operation Enduring Freedom and keep an eye on Iran. This is due to the departure of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) from the region.

The carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), which was slated to deploy, instead remains in Norfolk due to the sequester. The only carrier in the region is USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Carriers usually carry four squadrons of strike fighters, either F/A-18C Hornets or F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. They also have escorts, usually a Ticonderoga-class cruiser and three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.