22 Jan '12, 3am

US to maintain 11 carriers despite Pentagon budget cuts, says US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta

US to maintain 11 carriers despite Pentagon budget cuts, says US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta

Pentagon budget cuts will not threaten the US aircraft carrier fleet and the Navy plans to keep 11 afloat, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AP ABOARD THE USS ENTERPRISE (AFP) - Pentagon budget cuts will not threaten the US aircraft carrier fleet and the Navy plans to keep 11 afloat, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday. 'The carriers play a major role in our force, not only today but they will play an important role in the future. You're part of what keeps our force agile and flexible and quickly deployable and capable on taking on any enemy anywhere in the world,' Mr Panetta told about 1,700 sailors. 'It's for that reason that the president of the US and all of us working at the Department of Defence, have decided that it is important to maintain our carrier force at full strength and that means we'll be keeping our 11 carriers in our ...

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