30 Jul '15, 7pm

Admiral: No US carrier in Persian Gulf this fall for first time in years

Related USS Theodore Roosevelt, strike group receive new commanders while deployed in Mideast The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its carrier strike group got new commanders Tuesday during a short break from their eight-month deployment in the Middle East. USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors get break on port visit in Bahrain The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Bahrain Sunday for a routine port visit giving its crew a chance to rest, U.S. 5th Fleet officials said. WASHINGTON — A rare gap in the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall could hinder military capabilities in the war against the Islamic State, the Obama administration’s nominee to lead the Navy told the Senate Thursday. Adm. John Richardson conceded the effects of a two-month gap in carrier presence – the first since 2007 -- under intense questioning from Sen....

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