07 Feb '13, 6am

USS #Truman's Middle East deployment halted amid #budget problems. @USNavy @ChrisCarroll_

Related Sailors, families react to canceled Truman deployment WASHINGTON – The budget fracas that has embroiled Washington on Wednesday prompted Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to halt the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman to the Middle East, halving the number of carriers that have been on call in the region through much of the last year. Pentagon spokesman George Little said in a written statement that the decision was made at the request of the Navy, which faces a $4.6 billion reduction in spending on operations and maintenance this year because Congress has not passed a federal budget. A Navy official who was not authorized to speak publicly said the decision will save between $200 million and $300 million dollars a year. The Truman, along with the guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg, were scheduled to leave this week to join the aircraft carrier ...

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