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Thursday, August 06, 2015

U.S. won't have aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf for at least 2 months

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)The U.S. Navy will not be able to keep an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for much of the fall season, according to a Navy official.

The official said that's because the Navy has to schedule needed maintenance after years of extended deployments and because of reduced spending due to mandatory budget cuts.

While there have been so-called "carrier gaps" in the Persian Gulf before, this one will leave the Navy without the presence of a high-profile aircraft carrier just as a proposed nuclear deal with Iran is at center stage.

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1 comment:

  1. This is where the UK's CVF's will be able to help out. Whilst the US was turning its eyes towards the Asia/Pacific area, even with it's large Naval forces it was begining to be stretched. Now that Russia has started to adopt a more aggressive stance, the US also finds it need to keep forces in the European theatre, as well as the Gulf.
    I'm sure that as soon as HMS Queen Elizabeth has is ready for her first deployement with her F35B's it will be to the Gulf. Even if she goes with a minimum of one squadron in the first instance,I'm sure the USMC with their aircraft would jump at the chance to put a squadron or two onboard her for this sort of deployement.
    It would be excellent for both countries, the US would be able to divert a large carrier where it was needed more urgently,but still keep air assets at sea in the gulf. The RN would benifit enormously, as we would still be in our infancy of regaining experience in fixed wing carrier ops. The US having been helping us tremendously by embedding RN/RAF personel on US carriers to keep us up to date,could give us even more advice in an operational envireonment.
    I think it would be a win - win situation for both countries.


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