31 Aug '12, 3am

US Report Recommending Hosting of US Carrier Force Rejected by Australia | Defense Update Portal

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is aided by harbor tugs as it enters Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a port visit. Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing 14 are on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. DoD photo by Airman Kathleen Gorby, U.S. Navy. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) included the Australian-basing concept as only one option the US might pursue in support of the Obama administration’s plan to emphasize the strategic importance of the Pacific. The report proposes moving a strike group based on the US east coast to Australia’s west coast as a means of bolstering the American military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. The CSIS report, prepared for the US Department of Defense (DoD), also noted that the Perth naval base, HMAS Stirling, is not presently equipped to support an aircraft carrier s...

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