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Deployments for sailors in the @USNavy are going to get even longer unless #congress acts. #Navy #D…

Deployments for sailors in the @USNavy are going to get even longer unless #congress acts. #Navy #D…

Many ships are sailing on cruises far beyond the once-standard six or seven months, and Navy leaders are eager to make these long and often unpredictable deployments the exception. They’ve developed a plan to lock in eight-month deployments , but a mounting body of testimony from Navy officials suggests that the plan may soon be another victim of budget battles — and sailors will end up paying the price. At the center of the dilemma is the aircraft carrier George Washington, which will be retired early unless lawmakers lift heavy sequestration spending cuts set to take effect in 2016. With no sign they will and uncertainties about when the first of the new supercarrier class will be ready to deploy, experts say nine-to-10-month deployments could be common for fleet sailors. That’s a worst-case scenario for Navy leaders. “We need 11 aircraft carriers, and we’re very cogniza...

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